Elderly Woman Convicted of Killing Husband, Disabled Son
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—On Thursday, Chesterfield County senior Estelle Jones was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 12 years suspended, after she admitted to killing her husband and son in April 2012.
"I'm so very sorry for what I've done," Jones said in court.
Her husband, Joseph, was 71. Perry, her severely mentally disabled son who had the mental capacity of a 3-year-old, was 51.
Jones herself suffers from delusions and other mental health issues. As such, the judge said he would order her to serve a maximum of just five years in prison and then finish out her sentence on probation. If granted geriatric parole, she could serve just two and a half years in jail. Because she has already been in prison for almost two years, she could technically be released in a few months.
Jones told officers that she shot her husband six times after he told her he could've married someone better. She strangled Perry with a belt the next morning, after trying to console him all night.
Jones was convicted of second-degree murder in Joseph's death, and first-degree murder in Perry's death.