Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand had ordered that Alford Jones and Faye Brown be released from jail. The North Carolina Court of Appeals later issued a temporary stay, but that was lifted Thursday.
Jones and Brown are two of several dozen inmates sentenced to life in prison in the 1970s, but the courts have ruled that the law at that time meant a life sentence was 80 years, and the inmates say with time off for good behavior, they should be released.
Cooper's office is appealing Rand's order to the high court arguing that the courts are misinterpreting good behavior credits and that the inmates should not be unconditionally released.
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