On January 28, 2009, Sean Thomas Jones, age 22, of Woodbridge Court in Edgewood, received the maximum sentence for the abuse and murder of two year old Ashlyn Sutherland. Judge Emory Plitt sentence Jones to a total of sixty years for the crime of second degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
Jones had been convicted in November of 2008 by a jury for beating and smothering Ashlyn, who he was temporarily watching while Ashlyn’s mother was at a neighbor’s house.
Ashlyn’s family consisting of her mother Sara and father Michael were present in Court along with her grandmother, aunt and uncle and stepmother. Family members submitted written statements to the judge and addressed the Court in person.
Jones will have to serve fifty percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.