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Court Vacates Life Sentences for Sex Offender

Court Vacates Life Sentences for Sex Offender

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal appeals court has vacated the life sentences given to a 49-year-old Pemberton, New Jersey man convicted of trying to arrange sex with someone he thought was an 8-year-old Rhode Island girl.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday let stand Donald J. Jones III's convictions but returned the case to Chief U.S. District Judge William E. Smith in Rhode Island for re-sentencing.

The Providence Journal reports the court found that earlier child-sex convictions in New Jersey did not meet the standards requiring that he receive life sentences for his federal crimes.

Jones was arrested in Providence in 2011 after in a sting involving an undercover federal agent, who responded to a note online seeking parents who would let Jones have sex with their young daughters.


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