DES MOINES, Iowa — The double murder at the Drake Diner in 1992 is one of Des Moines’ most infamous crimes and now the man convicted of the crime could be released from prison on parole.
Joseph “Jo-Jo” White gunned down Cara McGrane and Tim Burnett while dozens of patrons were inside.
White was 17-years-old when he was sentenced to life behind bars, but a 2012 Supreme Court ruling banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for anyone under the age of 18. Justices claim young offenders often lack maturity and should be given an opportunity for release.
On Thursday, a conference with attorney’s was held to determine White’s re-sentencing. It is schedule for Aug. 17 at the Polk County Courthouse.
White is serving his sentence at a prison in Illinois. He is now 40-years-old.
A gunman walked into the Drake Diner on Nov. 29, 1992, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and shot two managers in the head. The shooter grabbed $500 from the register before leaving the scene.
Witnesses led police to Jo-Jo White after he was linked to a local gang. Police were lead to a house where White reportedly fired a large handgun. Authorities were able to link a slug in the home with the slugs that killed McGrane and Burnett, the Register reports.
White was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in 1993.
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