Court to review appeal of sentence in stabbing death

Brett Jones

The man claims he should be entitled to parole because he was a teenager when the stabbing death happened.

Posted: Aug. 2, 2018 1:52 PM
Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 2:36 PM

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – A Mississippi Supreme Court Justice has granted a review of the sentences handed down in a Lee County stabbing death.

Brett Jones, 29, was sentence to life without the possibility of parole in the 2004 stabbing death of his grandfather Bertis Jones.

Court records show Jones stabbed his grandfather eight times and had to use at least two knives because the first one broke during the attack.

Jones was 15 at the time of the murder and later appealed claiming a U.S. Supreme Court ruling granted juveniles parole in criminal cases.

The Mississippi Supreme Court granted a motion to have the trial judge resentence Jones.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Gardner III reviewed the evidence and witness testimony before giving Jones the same sentence.

On December 14, the Mississippi Court of Appeals reviewed the sentence and says the judge was correct in sentencing Jones without parole.

The vote to review was approved on a 4 to 5 vote.   It only takes four justices to agree so an appeal can move forward.

He is serving his sentence in the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leaksville.

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