Over two decades have passed since Terebea Williams shot and left 23-year-old Kevin “John” Ruska Jr. for dead. Williams, now 44, was sentenced to 84 years-to-life in prison after she was convicted in 2001 of first-degree murder, use of a firearm, carjacking and kidnapping.
“Just want folks to know, advocates for urgency to know, your voices are being heard,” Newsom said on June 29. “For family members with loved ones in those facilities to know your voices are being heard. And, I know that we are committed to meeting our responsibilities.”
“In an effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic, CDCR has implemented emergency measures to protect all those who live and work in our state prisons, and the community at-large, in a way that aligns public health and public safety,” the departament said. “Terebea Williams was released from CDCR custody on July 29 under Government Code section 8658 regulations, which allows the release of an incarcerated person in the case of an emergency that endangers their life.”
“He was never able to experience the kind of life that you or I have,” she said of Ruska. “…He will never experience true love and children, and extended family. He has been absent for so many big events in our family‘s life. And it’s very, very disturbing that she is out there.”
Fox News‘ Victor Garcia contributed to this report.