Victim’s cell phone recording provides key evidence in rape case, leads to guilty verdict
SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2016) – Cell phone video recorded by a victim in a rape case led to the conviction of a Shelby County man this week.
Jason K. Jones, 39, Fairland, was found guilty of rape, intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement, criminal recklessness, strangulation and domestic battery with a child present.
The incident happened on July 25, 2015, when Jones pointed a gun at the victim, said he was going to shoot her and then fired at the wall. He pushed the woman to the ground, strangled her and began to rape her.
The victim’s son, a 13-year-old with autism, interrupted the attack and likely saved his mother’s life, prosecutors said. The woman recorded the attack on her phone; prosecutors said the recording was “valuable evidence” in the case.
Six witnesses testified in the one-day trial, and Jones faces 20 to 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2016.