Maben man pleads guilty to attempted abortion

From Press & Staff Reports


A Maben man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to charges that include attempted abortion and aggravated assault, according to published reports.

The Starkville Daily News reported Sunday that John Jones, 31, of Maben received a 10-year sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a $500 fine after he pleaded guilty in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court to attempted abortion, two counts of aggravated assault, domestic violence/aggravated assault and burglary of a dwelling.

The SDN reported that, according to court documentation, on Dec. 2, 2012, Jones attacked his victim, a pregnant woman, by stabbing her in the abdomen with a sharpened iron pipe. Jones also attempted to injure two other women in the incident.

Ten days later, according to documentation, Jones broke into one of the women’s homes and again tried to attack her with a sharpened iron pipe.

One of the victims said in an impact statement that she spoke to Jones after the incident, and has forgiven him, but would never forget the incident, according to the Starkville Daily. The statement said Jones asked the victim to drop charges against him, but she refused.

Newspaper reports published after the initial attack stated that it occurred the morning of Dec. 2 at the pregnant woman’s home on Maben-Bell Schoolhouse Road. Cmdr. Brett Watson of the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department said then that the victim was airlifted to Jackson, and that she and her unborn child were both in stable condition as of that afternoon. Jones was arrested that day and was apparently released before the second incident occurred.