Rock Hill Police Officer Matt Crosby
George Issac Jones.
Clayton, MO (KSDK) - A former Tennessee man who entered a 'no contest' plea to charges of shooting and seriously injuring a Rock Hill police officer was sentenced Monday in St. Louis County.
Sentencing was delayed last next week for 39-year-old George Jones who entered the Alford plea last month in the case involving the paralyzing injuries suffered by Officer Matt Crosby.
Under an Alford plea, Jones does not admit guilt, but concedes the prosecution has sufficient evidence to convict him of the charges he's facing.
Instead of being sentenced last week, Jones filed his motion to withdraw the plea on ineffective counsel.
Crosby and another officer responded to the Stanford Place apartment complex at Manchester and McKnight on a domestic assault in April 2010.
When they confronted Jones, who was visiting a female acquaintance at the complex, Jones came out shooting at police and severely injured Crosby.
Another officer opened fire and injured Jones who was then taken into custody.
Jones is charged with several assault crimes, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest in the case.
He was sentenced to life in prison for assault on a police officer, plus 15 years on other charges.
Jones was previously convicted in Tennessee on charges of aggravated robbery and assault and was on parole when the Rock Hill shooting occurred.