Local Man Strikes Plea Deal in Murder Case

A Morrison man strikes a plea deal avoiding a harsh prison term for the murder of his victim. Jimmy Byron Jones, Jr., pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in connection with the march, 2013 shooting death of Connie Lou brown, age 58. Jones was initially charged with 1st degree murder following his arrest. Prosecutors say Jones shot brown in the chest and dumped her body at an abandoned rock quarry in the Summitville community. Jones set the body on fire to cover evidence of the crime. The body was found by a-t-v riders. Authorities say Jones was wearing a g-p-s tracking device required by an unrelated prior criminal conviction that showed he was in the area at the time of Brown’s murder. He was sentenced to an 18 year prison term in Coffee County Circuit Court last week. Prosecutors say the victim’s family agreed to the reduced charge. Jones is a registered sex offender resulting from a rape conviction in 1998.

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