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Jones Pleads Guilty, Gets 30-Year Murder Sentence
By West Kentucky Star Staff
SMITHLAND - A man accused of shooting a 15-year-old girl in 2018 entered a guilty plea on Wednesday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Livingston County Commonwealth's Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins told West Kentucky Star that Tyler Jones plead guilty to murder and tampering with evidence in a virtual hearing before Circuit Judge C.A. "Woody" Woodall. 

Woodall immediately sentenced Jones to 30 years in prison and he was turned over to the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Ovey-Wiggins said Jones would not be eligible for parole until he serves at least 20 years of his sentence.

A trial set for October 2019 was moved to March of this year, but the pandemic pushed many court trials back even more.

Jones was arrested after 15-year-old Peyton Hurt of Boaz was shot at a Ledbetter party in June 2018. Witnesses told state police Jones shot the girl after an argument about Jones' fiance'.

Published 11:40 AM, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020
Updated 08:43 AM, Friday Nov. 20, 2020

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