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Woman receives 40 years in deaths of 2 neighbors

4 years ago May 24, 2011 May 24, 2011 Tuesday, May 24 2011 Tuesday, May 24, 2011 11:48:07 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - A Baton Rouge woman who claimed to have discovered the bodies of two neighbors in their mobile home in 2007 has been sentenced in their stabbing deaths.

Linda Sharee Jones, who was scheduled to stand trial Monday on two counts of second-degree murder, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of manslaughter.

State District Judge Mike Erwin sentenced Jones to 40 years in prison on each manslaughter count, ordering the terms to run concurrently.

Erwin ordered that Jones be put on active supervised probation for five years after her release from prison.

"It was an acceptable resolution to a difficult case," East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Monday.

Jones was accused in the Nov. 20, 2007, slayings of 63-year-old Glenda Sanders and her companion, 55-year-old Jonathan Williamson, in their home.

DNA evidence found underneath Sanders' fingernails led to Jones' May 2008 arrest in California, where she moved after the killings, authorities said at the time.

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