Indiana appeals court upholds sentence of Waldo Jones
Jones sentenced to 60 years in prison
Last Updated: 114 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the sentence of Waldo Jones Jr., convicted of the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Devin Parsons.
Jones had appealed to the court to reduce 10 years out of his 60-year sentence to probation, arguing that it would allow him a smoother transition back into society.
The court ruled that Jones' sentence was appropriate, citing Jones's character and the "egregious nature of the offense."
Jones and his girlfriend Tasha Parsons, Devin Parsons's mother, were arrested and charged with murder after police said they tortured and beat the 12-year-old for hours in their Greensburg, Ind., home because they believed he had hidden pills from them.
In a probable cause affidavit, Greensburg police described the abuse which led to Devin Parsons's death: "[A] cooler was used to pound [D.P.]’s head into the floor. A coffee table was used to strike [D.P.]’s head. [D.P.] was kicked and stomped and punched. He was hit with a belt. He was put in the cellar. His head was submerged in bath water at [least] three or four times. His head was held under running water. He was again kicked and burned with cigarettes.
State prosecutors initially sought a sentence of life without parole, though Jones later reached a plea bargain and was sentenced to 60 years. His plea deal would allow him to begin being eligible for parole in about 30 years.
Jones's girlfriend, Tasha Parsons, also received 60 years in prison.
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