Donna Jou's Killer Arrested on Parole Violation

John Steven Burgess was released in December after serving less than half of his sentence

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    Burgess was convicted in the death of Donna Jou, a San Diego State student last seen alive in 2007.

    The man who served less than half of his five-year sentence for his role in the death of a San Diego State University student was arrested on a parole violation in Los Angeles.

    John Steven Burgess, 38, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and concealing the death of 19-year-old Donna Jou. The SDSU student was last seen by her family on June 23, 2007.

    Donna Jou's Killer Arrested Again

    [DGO] Donna Jou's Killer Arrested Again
    The man who served less than half of his five year sentence for his role in the death of a San Diego State University student was arrested on a parole violation in Los Angeles.

    The registered sex offender told police he had met Jou through a Craiglist ad and then brought her to his home where there was drugs and alcohol.

    Donna Jou’s body was never found, but Burgess told police he dumped her body in the ocean back in 2007 after she accidently overdosed on drugs and he panicked.

    Donna Jou's Killer to Walk Free

    [LA] Donna Jou's Killer to Walk Free
    The man who admitted to dumping the body of an SDSU student in the ocean was scheduled to be released from jail in Los Angeles on Wednesday after serving less than half of his five-year sentence.

    Burgess was taken into custody by Los Angeles police officers around 8 p.m. Monday for a parole violation. Officials say Burgess faces charges of possessing ammunition.

    Investigators were tipped off by a television news report that Burgess had placed a Craigslist ad for a roommate according to Officer Rosario Herrera. .

    Donna Jou's Killer to Walk Free

    [LA] Donna Jou's Killer to Walk Free
    John Steven Burgess, 38, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and concealing the death of 19-year-old Donna Jou.

    In January 2010, Burgess was sentenced to five years in prison, but because of day-to-day good time credits plus his time served, he was released in December 2011 after two and a half years behind bars.

    The victim's father Reza Jou opposed Burgess' release saying it highlights a grossly flawed judicial system.

    Missing Student's Family Searches for Answers

    [DGO] Missing Student's Family Searches for Answers
    Donna Jou's family held a news conference 15 months after her disappearance, hopeful that new evidence would turn up in the case.

    "Donna has not been found. Her case must be reopened and investigated. Until that happens, we will never give up. We want her returned to us and for us, her case will always be open," Reza Jou said at the time of Burgess’ release.

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    John Steven Burgess Pleads Guilty

    [LA] John Steven Burgess Pleads Guilty
    John Steven Burgess pleaded guilty for his involvement in the June 2007 disappearance of a 19-year-old Orange County woman.