The Office of State Attorney Larry Basford announces that on July 14, 2021, a Bay County jury found Jason Kenneth Jones guilty as charged of two counts of Second Degree Murder with a Firearm and one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm.
Evidence presented at trial proved that the Defendant shot his mother three times in her home on the family’s property. He then followed his girlfriend and her minor child as they fled the scene, shooting at them several times and striking his girlfriend in the hip. She ran from the Defendant, who began to chase her. He shot a bystander near the roadway twice in the face. The Defendant’s girlfriend was able to hide from him in a nearby residence after a family allowed her into their home. It was later discovered that the Defendant had set his mother’s residence on fire. The Defendant’s mother and the bystander died from their injuries; his girlfriend survived. The Defendant remained at large for approximately 24 hours before being apprehended by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
The case was investigated by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by State Attorney Larry Basford and Assistant State Attorney Frank Sullivan. Sentencing is set for August 6, 2021, before the Honorable Dustin Stephenson. The Defendant faces a sentence of life in prison.
For additional information, contact State Attorney Larry Basford.