Sex offender convicted in SDSU student’s death released from prison

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SAN DIEGO -- The convicted killer of a San Diego State University student has been released from a Florida prison, officials said Thursday.

The 43-year-old sex offender, John “Steven” Burgess, pleaded guilty in 2009 to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Donna Jou.

Jou was a 19-year-old nursing student at SDSU when she responded to Burgess' Craigslist dating ad in 2007. She was last seen riding on the back of Burgess' motorcycle.

Burgess, who has a history of luring unsuspecting women on dates using Craigslist, claimed Jou died of a drug overdose. He said he panicked and dumped her body in the ocean “quite a ways” off the Southern California coast.

No trace of Jou was ever found. Her family members have been outraged that this known sex offender responsible for their daughter's death is free.

"I'm very disturbed by the news that this man now is free...roaming the streets, looking for his next victim,” said Reza Jou, the victim's father.

The Jou family has now made it their mission in life to find some piece of new evidence in order to bring murder charges against Burgess.

Burgess currently lives with his mom in Florida.


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