DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual battery after a December incident where a woman said she found the man on top of her teenager with his pants down.
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Tuesday that John Edward Jones was sentenced by Judge Kelvin Wells to 20 years in state prison for sexual battery by person in familial or custodial authority followed by 10 years sex offender probation.
Jones was also ordered to register as a sexual offender, submit to HIV testing, have no contact with minors and pay fines and court costs, according to a press release from the State Attorney's Office.
On December 1, 2018, the DeFuniak Springs Police Department responded to a stabbing in the city limits. Officers arrived at the home to find 43-year-old Jones with small cuts to his body from an apparent knife attack.
Detectives determined that the adult female of the house had stabbed her boyfriend, Jones after finding him in bed with her 17-year-old daughter, the press release said.
An interview was conducted with the teen through assistance from the Children’s Advocacy Center. During the interview, detectives learned the girl awoke in her bed with the defendant on top of her. The teen told officers that after she woke up, she witnessed her mother fighting with Jones, the State Attorney's Office said.
Jones was convicted following a joint effort from the State Attorney’s Office and DeFuniak Springs Police Department.