Police: Man Convicted of Murdering Teen Escapes Arkansas Prison
Jones was sentenced to 60 years in prison—he escaped before completing his fourth year behind bars.
Jones, 36, was last seen at a construction site south of the Brickeys, Ark., prison, according to a statement by the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.
Jones made headlines in 2012 after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, admitting to killing 16-year-old Angela Allen, from Van Buren, Ark.
Jones was a convicted sex offender at the time he met Allen online.
He told investigators that they agreed to meet and he picked her up. Jones said he brought her to the Arkansas River, where they kissed. When Allen told Jones she was only 16 years old, he said he pushed her into the water and left.
One week later, Sebastian County authorities were able to locate Allen’s body, which had been stuffed inside a plastic barrel on his brother’s property, not far from where Jones lived.
The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, caused by strangulation.
Jones was also sentenced to 20 years in jail for two child pornography charges, and another 10 years for an additional child pornography charge, and abuse of a corpse, according to CBS News. The 60-year sentence, along with the other lesser sentences were to run at the same time.
Jones is described as a 6-foot-tall white male, weighing approximately 250 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair. A photo provided by the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office indicates he may have light-colored facial hair.
He was last seen wearing a white, state-issued shirt and pants, and brown boots.
Anyone with information as to Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department at (479) 783-1051.