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Donnie Jones Junior was in court today on an un-related weapons charge and came face to face with Sharpton's family for the first time,
He walked into a Manchester courtroom with shackles on his hands and feet, coming face to face with Megan Sharpton’s mother, Kelly, who was clutching a picture of her daughter.
"I feel a lot better for our community that he's not out on the street. Girls are safer without him wandering freely," said Kelly Sharpton
Megan Sharpton’s partially burned body was found in a field in Franklin County in early July. Investigators say Donnie Jones' wife -- seen here in court -- carpooled to nursing school with Sharpton last year. It's the first confirmed connection between the two. Leah Sharpton now says Jones lured her sister out of Coffee County with a story about a possible job the day she was killed.
"It's to my understanding she was going on a job interview to sit with a patient. Yes, he was posing as the person that had contact with this patient that needed a sitter," said Leah Sharpton.
Last week, authorities spent 9-hours searching Donnie Jones' trailer in Tullahoma. They found a gun and ammo inside which is illegal because jones' is a convicted felon. Detectives consider him a dangerous man.
"I know that he had a 98-escape when he actually tried to kidnap two young ladies in a car and made them take him to the interstate," said Detective Todd Hindman of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
In court, Jones asked the judge for a speedy trail, and he mouthing to his relatives in what appeared to be “I didn’t do it.”
"He knows in his heart. The universe knows he's guilty. I don't have to argue with him. The police have done their work," said Kelly Sharpton.
Monday, October 1 2012, 09:37 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.