Man Pleads Guilty Murder That Took Place In 2013
Judge Vanessa Jackson sentenced Jones to 18 years in state lockup.
The burned body Connie Lou Godsey Brown age 58 was found March 9, 2013 near a Summitville Cave located between Summitville Road and Fire Tower Road.
Jones, 53 was arrested April 11, 2013 for the murder of Brown.
You may remember that Brown’s body was found by individuals riding four-wheelers in the area in the abandoned quarry.
An autopsy by the state medical examiner determined that Brown died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said that Jones was being monitored by GPS for prior offenses and his location had been documented at the crime scene on two different occasions. The sheriff added that when investigators spoke with Jones on April 11, 2013 he admitted to being involved in Brown’s death. He has been held in the Coffee County Jail since his arrest.
Jones entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. He was sentenced to 18 years for the murder, four years for the abuse of a corpse and ten years for tampering with evidence. All of the sentences are to run concurrent or together. He had originally been charged with first degree murder but it was lowered to second degree in a plea agreement.
“I think we got the right results,” Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott said Thursday. “The family of Miss Brown was satisfied with this plea arrangement.”
Jones will be transferred to the Tennessee Department of Corrections as soon as they have a bed available, until then he will be housed in the Coffee County Jail.
Jones was represented by Public Defender John Nicoll and Kevin Askren. Northcott prosecuted the case.