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Man gets days, not years, in jail

A Spotsylvania man was ordered Friday to spend 35 days in jail after a judge ruled that he once again violated his probation stemming from a fatal crash in Stafford 18 years ago that claimed three lives.

Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen said 35-year-old Jeffrey Kent Jones violated the good behavior requirement of his probation by being convicted of misdemeanors in 2006 and last year.

Judge Sarah Deneke agreed, but she declined Olsen’s request that Jones serve years in prison.

Instead, she sentenced him to the nine years and 335 days Jones had remaining on a suspended sentence and re-suspended all but 35 days.

Jones, who was represented by attorney Mark Murphy, was 17 on June 24, 1995, when he lost control of a vehicle he was driving on Brooke Road in Stafford.

He and three other teens were on the way home from his sister’s wedding reception in King George County. He had been drinking.

His girlfriend at the time, 18-year-old Erika Tamayo, and his 15-year-old sister, Julie Jones, died at the scene. A third victim, 15-year-old Molly Gill, was paralyzed and died a few years later.

Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and received a suspended 10-year prison sentence.

He was convicted of his first probation violation in 2004, when he was ordered to serve 30 days of his suspended sentence for a domestic assault conviction.

The latest probation violations stems from convictions in Hanover County in 2006 for refusing to take a breath test and reckless driving, and in Fredericksburg last year for refusal.

Murphy argued that those relatively minor convictions did not merit the lengthy prison term Olsen was seeking.

He said Jones is active with his children and has worked with the same company for 16 years.

Murphy noted that all of Jones’ legal trouble have involved alcohol. He said Jones has decided “there is no place for alcohol in his life.”

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404