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Cornelius Lee Jones Jr., 44, has been sentenced to 36 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. A jury found Jones guilty in June 2013 of three counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. He received 12 years for each count.
The three sentences are to run consecutively, pursuant to statute.
As part of the sentence, the defendant will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life.
Jones was arrested Sept. 13, 2011, after a call to Rockford police from the victim’s mother about the assault. The victim was 10 years old at the time, and the abuse continued over at least a three-year period.
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child is a Class X felony, which is punishable by a sentence of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. However, the defendant was eligible for an extended-term sentence of six to 60 years on each count. It also carries three years to natural life of mandatory supervised release and a requirement of lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Posted Sept. 5, 2014