Man Gets Life Sentence In Beating Death

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 24-year old man is getting life behind bars without parole for the beating death of an elderly person in Gainesville.

It all happened in a 2012  home-invasion robbery which led to the person’s death.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty in the case, but jurors recommended a life sentence. Judge Mark Moseley agreed to the recommended sentence for Austin Mark Jones on Friday.

Jones’ cousin had worked as a caretaker for the victim who was disabled. Prosecutors said Jones and his cousin plotted the home invasion and robbery.

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