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Man convicted in SDSU student's death will remain locked up, for now

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A sex offender about to be released after serving only two years in the death of San Diego State Univ. student Donna Jou will stay locked up, for the time being.

John Burgess will be released from state prison Friday, but the L.A. County Sheriff's Department confirms he will then be placed into county custody for up to a year.

Jou's family says they will stage a protest rally Friday morning, saying the punishment for their daughter's disappearance does not fit the crime.

"This is a pure case of injustice," Reza Jou, Donna Jou's father told News 8 Thursday evening. "Justice has not been served."

The parents of Donna Jou, the 19-year-old SDSU student who went missing almost four years ago, will take to the streets Friday to demand their daughter's case be re-opened.

"Almost four years," said Nili Jou, Donna Jou's mother, "our life is miserable, not knowing what happened to her."

John Burgess confessed to Jou's death, pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, concealing Jou's body and concealing an accidental death.

On Friday, he'll be released from state custody in Chico after serving two years of his five-year sentence. Burgess will then be taken into the custody of Los Angeles County for up to one year for failing to report Jou's death to authorities.

"Even if they said one year, that means in a couple of months, two or three months, they will let him go," Reza Jou told News 8.

Jou's family believes Burgess, a three-time convicted sex offender, should never be freed from prison again.

"He is going to do it to someone else," said Nili Jou. "Another family is going to go through what we are going through."

Burgess told authorities that he had taken Jou - whom he'd met through Craigslist - to his Los Angeles home, injected her with heroin and cocaine, and found her dead the following morning. He said he then dumped her body in the ocean, although it has never been found.

Jou's father believes his daughter could still be alive, possibly sold to human traffickers.

"They have not shown us any proof, any proof that she is not," Reza Jou said.

He vows to never stop looking and says he wants Donna's case re-opened.

"I'm never going to give up on my child," he told News 8.

Friday's rally by Donna Jou's family will be held in front of the Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Court building on West Temple Street at 10 a.m., and is open to the public.@

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