On Monday, May 8, 2017, a former Kansas bail bondsman, Michael Jones, 46, received a sentence of life after he allegedly killed his seven-year-old son and fed his remains to the family’s pigs. Before the boy died, authorities said he was abused and starved by his father and stepmother, Heather Jones, 31, who was also sentenced to life for her role in the child’s murder. The couple documented much of the torture and abuse of the seven-year-old boy using 30 security cameras they had installed around the house.
ABC News reported that it will be at least 25 years before Jones will be eligible for parole. In March, Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his son, Adrian Jones, in 2015.
During his sentencing on Monday in a Kansas courtroom Jones kept his chair turned away from Adrian’s other relatives. Adrian’s biological mother, Dainna Pearce, was in attendance, as was his older sister, Keiona Doctor, and his grandmother, Judy Conway. Jones did not make eye contact with any of them as they each spoke to the judge hearing the case and said why they believed Jones deserved to be sentenced to life in jail.
Keiona Doctor, 21, told Jones he did “not deserve a second chance.” She added that he also did “not deserve sunlight as a free man.”
The judge offered Jones the chance to make a comment, but he declined. The judge said that if Jones is ever released from prison, he had “to spend the rest of his life on parole.” When prosecutors pushed for Jones to get a life sentence, Jones’ attorney did not offer an objection.
Last November, Heather Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for her part in the young boy’s death. During her trail, she claimed she felt she had been helpless and could not protect either herself or Adrian “from her abusive husband.” However, investigators pointed out her role in abusing Adrian, which resulted in the judge hearing her case to add to her sentence “an additional five years and eight months in prison.”
It is not clear exactly when Adrian died in 2015. His death was not reported to authorities, but he died in either September or October. It was not until November that the boy’s remains were discovered on property the family rented in Kansas City, Kansas. Police officers learned that Adrian was missing when they responded to a call about Jones having attacked his wife.
On Monday, Detective Stuart Littlefield confirmed for the first time publicly, during the sentencing hearing for Jones, that the defendant had fed Adrian’s remains “to his pigs.” He also talked about Adrian having been shocked by a stun gun, and other abuse that Adrian suffered at the hands of his father and stepmother.
Several years ago, Pearce, Adrian’s biological mother, lost custody of both him “and two of his siblings.” WTSP 10 News reported that Judy Conway, Pearce’s mother, was able to stay in contact with Adrian, and contacted authorities, like social workers from the Kansas Department for Children and Families, multiple times. She said that Adrian seemed like he was “becoming less like himself with each visit” she made.
Conway stated that Adrian’s father and stepmother had kept the seven-year-old boy in a shower stall, naked. She said that the couple would strap Adrian blindfolded to an inversion table and tase him. They also reportedly made the boy stand up to his neck in stagnant water in the swimming pool, overnight.
The New York Daily News reported that, according to authorities, Adrian was “essentially starved to death” before his father fed his remains to the family’s pigs on their rental property in Kansas City, Kansas. Adrian was homeschooled and only let out of the shower stall he was confined in once a day. The Joneses referred to the house as the “Jones Academy.”
Conway claimed that photos and videos showed the boy’s stepmother using a broom handle to beat him. She stated that there were also alarms kept on the food in the house, preventing Adrian from taking any whenever he got hungry.
Michael Jones, a former bail bondsman, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday in a courtroom in Kansas for allegedly having murdered his seven-year-old son, Adrian Jones in 2015 and then feeding the boy’s remains to pigs. His wife, Adrian’s stepmother, had already been sentenced to life in prison for her role in the boy’s death. Jones will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Wyandotte County Jail