Johnathan Kyle Jones, 23, of Oakman was sentenced by Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott after a sentencing hearing last week. Earlier this year, Jones accepted a blind plea deal.
“We were about to take this case to trial and at the last minute he pled blind,” Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said.
Adair said Jones and his brother, Johnny Vaden Jones, broke into a home on Highway 69 South, approximately seven miles from Jasper, in January 2010. The home’s owner, Martha Tubbs, was in her bed asleep when they kidnapped her and took her to Jasper for her to take money out of her bank account.
“One of the guys was so drugged up that Ms. Tubbs was able to escape and ran to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, knocking on the night entrance until she got some help,” Adair said.
The brothers were arrested that morning and charged with first-degree burglary. Later, several charges were added, including first-degree burglary with a threat of injury, first-degree robbery, kidnapping.
“This was a terrible crime,” Adair said. “Ms. Tubbs was lucky to escape. We’re just not going to allow this sort of thing to happen in Walker County. He’ll now get to spend a good, long time in prison for his actions.”
Adair said Johnny Vaden Jones remains in the Walker County Jail awaiting trial.