Chesterfield senior sentenced for murdering husband, disabled son

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-16 17:16:41-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A Chesterfield County senior was sentenced Thursday for murdering her husband and disabled son.

A judge sentenced Estelle Jones to 25 years for each count of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. However, the judge then suspended 12 years from each of those sentences.

Then the judge stayed the execution of his sentence saying Jones would serve just five years in prison.

During the emotional sentencing hearing, over two dozen people turned out to support Jones. In fact, at the hearing had to be moved to a larger courtroom because so many people showed up for the case.

A number of witnesses took the stand, including Jones, who pleaded guilty to the charges in Nov. of 2012.

In a previous court hearing, Jones told a detective her husband said, “he could have married someone better” during an argument in April of 2012 inside their home on River Road.

She admitted to shooting him several times and then strangling her 50-year-old deaf and mentally ill son with a belt, out of fear he would not have anyone to care for him.

Investigators said Jones tried to use the same belt to kill herself, but called police after a failed suicide attempt.