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Man convicted of killing Michael Jordan’s father has parole canceled

One of two men convicted in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father nearly 30 years ago had his scheduled August 2024 parole canceled Tuesday, according to a North Carolina state panel. The commission did not give reason for its decision to cancel the parole of Larry M. Demery, only stating the “agreement has been terminated,” effective immediately. Demery was scheduled to be released in August 2024 after his original parole, set for 2023, was delayed by a full year.

In August 2020, Demery was approved for the Mutual Agreement Parole Program, which is a program offered through the prison system. North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson Greg Thomas told the Associated Press the parole program Demery was part of can be terminated if the prisoner doesn’t adhere to certain regulations or rules while finishing out their prison sentence. Demery’s records show he had 19 different violations since 2001 while housed at a minimum security prison in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Two of those violations were for “substance possession,” which occurred in December 2021.

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In 1995, Demery and Daniel Green — both 18 years old at the time — were sentenced for killing James Jordan. When he testified in court, Demery stated that he helped Green move Jordan’s body to the swamp after Green shot Jordan in a robbery attempt. 

According to evidence provided by the state in trial, Jordan was sleeping in his car in Lumberton, North Carolina alongside an access road near a main highway. His body was discovered 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp. This came shortly after his son, Michael, won his third NBA title with the Chicago Bulls.

Green has maintained his innocence over the years despite being sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years. On the other hand, Demery, who is now 46 years old, was sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years after he chose to plead guilty to first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. In 2008, Demery was re-sentenced after there was an error in his original sentencing, which is why he was able to become eligible for parole.

Convicts in North Carolina serving life sentences for murder are not eligible for parole. However, James’ murder occurred in 1993, which is just one year before that very ruling became official.

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