Waldo Jones Jr. gets 60-year sentence in death of 12-year-old Devin Parsons' death

Man gets same sentence as boy's mother

GREENSBURG, Ind. - A man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 years in prison after admitting his role in the beating death of a 12-year-old boy last year.

Waldo Jones Jr. pleaded guilty in October to murder in the June 2011 death of Devin Parsons. A Department of Child Services case worker had visited the family's home days before Parsons' death.

Investigators said Parsons died after enduring torture for several hours. Jones' plea deal would make him eligible for parole in about 30 years.

"The judge found primarily the circumstances of the case and the defendant's prior criminal history, those things alone were submission for giving him the full 60 years in jail," said Decatur County Prosecutor Jim Rosenberry.

Parsons' grandmother, Jeannie Welch, said she's glad Jones is going to be incarcerated for a long time, but she believes he should have gotten a life sentence.

"He's took more away from me than just my grandson. He took my daughter," Welch said. "He's took my whole life away from me."

Jones was dating Parsons' mother, Tasha Parsons, at the time of the boy's death. She was also sentenced to 60 years in prison earlier this year.

Tasha Parsons admitted using her hands, feet, a belt and a metal tray to beat her son over a period of several hours. Court documents indicated that police found blood in nearly every room in the home, on walls, furniture and clothing.

"I go to sleep every night thinking about Devin," Welch said. "I wake up every day thinking about Devin."

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