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Jones gets 15-to-life for rape

A sex offender convicted of raping a young girl was sentenced Monday to at least 15 years in prison by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

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Terry A. Jones, 44, was sentenced to three years in prison for charges of gross sexual imposition and 15 years to life for charges of rape.

A jury spent just under two hours deliberating Aug. 15 before finding the defendant guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of GSI following a two-day trial.

Judge O’Connor issued concurrent sentences in the case, observing the defendant’s lack of a prior felony record.

Mr. Jones addressed the court and apologized, not for his actions, but for prolonging the case.

“The reason I didn’t accept the plea bargain of an F3 is because I know in my heart and my mind that I’m an innocent man,” he read from a prepared statement. “I’ve made many mistakes in my life, but this isn’t one of them.”

Mr. Jones is labeled a Tier III sexual offender. The judge awarded him 63 days of jail-time credit.

Man pleads guilty to robbery

Geoffrey Barnes, 27, of Columbus, faces up to three years in prison after entering a guilty plea to a charge of third-degree robbery.

Read more Logan County Common Pleas Court news in Tuesday's Examiner.

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