York man gets 25-50 years in neighbor woman's murder - abc27 WHTM

York man gets 25-50 years in neighbor woman's murder

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York man arrested for killing his next-door neighbor after describing the murder scene to news reporters three years ago will spend 25 to 50 years in prison.

Jovon Daton Jones, 30, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to charges of third-degree murder, theft by unlawful taking, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and false statements in the May 16, 2011 stabbing death of 42-year-old Alesia Martin.

He received a sentence of 20 to 40 years for the third-degree murder charge and an additional five to 10 years for the other counts.

The plea allowed Jones to avoid trial and a possible life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder. By pleading no contest, Jones did not admit guilt, but accepted punishment for the crimes.

Jones had told news reporters he found Martin dead and blood splattered on her bedroom walls after several family members went to her home in the 800 block of Fahs Street and she didn't answer the door, even though her car was parked outside.

In interviews with abc27 and other news organizations, he described how he and the family entered Martin's home through a common attic, and he claimed a 911 dispatcher asked him to touch Martin's body to determine whether it was cold.

Family members then contacted authorities and said Jones was never in the house with them.

In a later interview with police, Jones said he entered Martin's home through a back door and remembered taking a cell phone from her night stand before Martin awoke, screamed and hit the floor with a loud thud. He told the officers he then "blacked out," according to court documents.

Jones told investigators he later noticed that his hands and shirt had blood on them, and that one of the knives from his kitchen was missing, the court documents state. He also admitted to throwing his shirt and possibly a pair of sneakers in the trash.

Police said they found a Blackberry Storm cell phone in a pair of jeans in Jones' bedroom, and an empty Blackberry Storm box in Martin's bedroom.

According to police, there were no signs of forced entry in Martin's home other than an attic door that had been opened, and directly below the door was a bloody mop and a bucket.

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