AUBURN — The state appeals court has upheld the 103-year prison sentence of a man for killing his girlfriend at a northeastern Indiana group home and then firing shots at his ex-wife's home before ramming his truck into it.
Ronnie Jones of Fort Wayne had appealed his sentence, arguing the DeKalb County judge overlooked his lack of criminal history and multiple sclerosis diagnosis. The Star of Auburn reports that the appeals court ruled the multiple crimes easily supported the sentence.
Jones claimed that he was trying to commit suicide on Jan. 1, 2010, at the Auburn home where 32-year-old Melissa Patrick worked when she tried to grab the gun from him and it fired twice, hitting her in the chest and head. He then went to his ex-wife's house in nearby Waterloo.