BOONEVILLE, Miss. — A Lexington woman was convicted Friday morning of murder in the 2010 shooting death of her mother, officials said.
Minutes after a Prentiss County, Miss., jury found Rebecca Lynn Jones guilty, Judge Seth Pounds, sentenced her to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
She was sent to the state's women's prison at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss., Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said.
Courthouse officials said the jury deliberated for just over two hours Friday before issuing its decision. The jury deliberated more than three hours Thursday before going home for the evening.
Jones, 49, 1551 Lauderdale 450, Lexington, who lived in the Center Hill community, was accused of killing her mother, Jane Jones, 66, on May 11, 2010.
Tolar said the shooting took place at Jane Jones' home on Mississippi 4, near Booneville.
Neither Jones' attorney, Robert Laher, of Tupelo, Miss., or Assistant District Attorney Kimmie Kitchens could be reached for comment after the trial.
Laher told the jury that despite the longtime rocky relationship between his client and her mother, his client never meant to hurt her mother.
Prosecutors said Jones intended to shoot her mother and testimony indicated she brought a gun into her mother's home.
Tolar said Jane Jones was shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the upper right arm, with a .38-caliber pistol.
Jane Jones was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville and then flown to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where she later died, authorities said.
At the time of her arrest, Tolar said Rebecca Jones said she and her mother were struggling over the gun and that led to Jane Jones being shot.
Laher, according to court officials, contended the struggle caused the fatal shots to be fired accidentally.
Testimony at the trial indicated that Jane Jones called 911 operators after the shooting and told them she had been shot by her daughter.
"There are no winners in this case," Tolar said. "Jane Jones was shot and killed, and her daughter is in jail for a long time."
This was the second trial for Jones. Her first trial began in October, but a mistrial was declared after she became sick and was hospitalized. She was out of jail on bail at that time and was staying in Lexington.
After declaring a mistrial, Pounds issued a warrant for Jones' arrest as soon as she was released from the hospital.
Law enforcement officials said Jones has been in the Prentiss County Jail since being released from the hospital in October.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.