Second suspect sentenced in 2010 Scott Co. murder
SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A woman who didn’t expect to be behind bars, now is. She is the second of two people involved in a 2010 Scott County murder to serve time.
Ciji Jefferson pleaded guilty to complicity to commit burglary in 2015.
Friday, she was sentenced to eight years behind bars with credit for the time she’s been on house arrest, but her attorney says he only expected her to be placed on probation.
He even asked for a short probation since she had pleaded back in 2015.
He also told the judge she hasn’t been in anymore trouble, and has cooperated with the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney agreed. He even said he wouldn’t have had a case without her.
According to him, about four years after the murder Ciji jefferson told investigators what had happened.
She told them she had gone with Nicholas Willinger to burglarize Sue Jones’ trailer in February 2010, thinking Jones was at the hospital, but Jones was home, and Willinger is accused of beating her to death.
He took an Alford plea last week, which means he didn’t admit guilt, but did agree there was enough evidence to convict him.
Even though Ciji Jefferson wasn’t charged with murder, she’s the one Jones’ daughter blames 100%.
Jones’ granddaughter told the court her family and Jefferson’s have known each other for years.
“I cannot believe that she knew for four years and let us be so afraid. I understand that without her finally getting caught and saying something that we wouldn’t have him, but we could have had him sooner,” Bobbi Craig said.
“It felt like her substantial cooperation and her being at their beck and call for years now on this case, that she’d at least get probation,” Brent Cox, Jefferson’s attorney, said.
Jefferson’s attorney says he worries those who see this might be less willing to help the Commonwealth in the future.
He also says his client will go up for parole immediately.
If the parole board chooses not to let her out, she’ll probably serve about five years.