Supreme Court ruling could affect Brett Jones’ fate in Lee murder case

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Brett Jones sits in prison for life convicted in the 2004 stabbing death of his grandfather, Bertis Jones, in Lee County.
His appeals attorneys consider how he is affected by today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.
Jones, visiting from his Florida home, was 16 when he was arrested and charged for the murder.
A Lee County jury convicted him a year later and he was sentenced to life in prison.
Today, the high court on threw out Americans’ ability to send children to prison for the rest of their lives with no chance of ever getting out. The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made, including ruling out the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for young people whose crimes did not involve killing.
The decision came in the robbery and murder cases of Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson, who were 14 when they were convicted.
Miller was convicted of killing a man in Alabama. Jackson was convicted of being an accomplice in an Arkansas robbery that ended in murder.
Jones, now almost 23, has had several appeals denied through the Mississippi court system.
He’s contended his trial counsel was ineffective and that new information shows he was acting in self-defense after his grandfather attacked him in the Shannon home where they all lived.
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