Sex Offender Convicted In Teen’s Death Freed

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A man who admitted that he dumped an Orange County college student’s body into the ocean was freed from prison Wednesday after serving half of his sentence.

John Burgess, 36, was sentenced to five years behind bars after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of 19-year-old Donna Jou.

Burgess, a convicted sex offender, confessed to giving Jou cocaine, heroin and alcohol at a party. He says he dumped her body in the ocean after finding her dead the next morning. Her body was never found.

“This criminal mastermind conned the system of justice and got away with murder,” Reza Jou said in a news conference protesting Burgess’ release Wednesday.

Jou was a pre-med student at Cal State University, San Diego at the time of her death.

  • joanna

    Look how easy it is to get out of jail afted killing a young student! I for one think its b.s. let him rot in prison for what he did. The family must be very angry with the stupid choice they made. American people are not safe with people like him roaming the st to find there next victum.

  • The Truth

    I agree, this dirtbag should spend the rest of his life behind prison…….better yet…..executed…..but this is California; unfortunately, our state feels he has rights. This should be s lesson to all women. You don’t run off on a date with a man you just met on the internet. Unfortunately, this young woman made a very poor decision that day and it cost her her life.

  • El Capitan

    No justice!

  • wow

    Only in California…..where’s the justice?


    This is all too common. In California, we choose to let these violent killers free because we don’t want to spend more money. Then, we lock up drug offenders and waste money on that; instead. I have to fight, every year or so, when the monster who kidnapped, raped, and terrorized me is up for parole. (And, he, my friends, is a young, violent repeat offender who already has ads up on the internet to try and line up more women).

    We let these monsters out to kidnap, rape, murder more of us. It is nonsense.

    They should get LIFE. No special money spent for education of programs. They are unfit top be out amount us. In interest of our public safety, we NEED to develop a strong stance on this.

    You KILL, you LOSE. Forever. What are we waiting for? More victims?

    • Michael J. McDermott

      I agree. Castration should be part of punishment. And they call this a justice system?

  • Sheryl Mullett

    What part of CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER does the State not recognize? History has proven these FREAKS are not capable of being rehabilitated! They say this themselves. They are very aware of the driving force within themselves that makes them predators without conscience. The only thing that stops them is their own death. They are incapable of remorse and their victims deserve better from society than a slap on the wrist.

    • Astonished

      Do you really think they care? It’s all about making sure the numbers jive. So they let out offenders who should never see the light of day again, and cross their collective fingers hoping that nothing bad will happen. In the mean time, we, the law abiding citizens must cope with having these violent low-lifes in our midst.

      All I can say is this will continue to happen until the laaw abiding public decides it’s had enough and sues the government for placing them in danger.

  • Mary

    Mr. Burgess IS guilty. He will have no peace until he confesses.

    • David Powell

      He has confessed already and they let him out.

      Justice for him would be a 9mm in the back of the head.

  • angel

    There is so much that can be done to end this kind of injustice. Unfortunately, appropriate action requires sane, normal, rational and practical human beings. California can boast a San Francisco and a Disneyland, but the above virtues are sorely lacking in our leaders, legislators, judges and jurors.

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