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Jury returns guilty verdicts in Jones trial

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A jury in Memphis convicted a former sheriff's deputy of second-degree murder Friday.

Former Shelby County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Chris Jones was convicted of fatally shooting Donald Munsey, an employee of the Windjammer Restaurant at Memphis, during a barroom fight last year.

Jones was off-duty and out of uniform at the time.  He resigned from the Shelby County Sheriff's Department after he was charged with killing Munsey.

The jury returned its verdict Friday afternoon. Jones showed no reaction as the verdict was read.

"We didn't get what we wanted, but we're still satisfied with what we got," said Annyse Strausser, Munsey's mother. "There's closure, too, and Donald, we love you."

Jones father, former Memphis City Council member E.C. Jones, said there were no winners in the trial.

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Munsey family," he said. "If I could call this incident back, I would do that. But we all have to live with decisions we make."

The jury also found Jones guilty of attempted second degree murder in the shooting of Justin Smith, a customer who was running away, and attempted voluntary manslaughter for threatening bar patron David Eagon.

Special prosecutor Bret Gunn said jurors apparently didn't buy Jones' story of self defense when he took the stand.

"I think they didn't believe Mr. Jones at all," Gunn said. "Obviously, they didn't credit his version of what occurred."

Defense attorney Leslie Ballin said the whole situation was sad.

"A tragedy," he said. "Mr. Jones is facing many, many years in jail. Mr. Munsey is not with us anymore."

Jones faces from 15 to 25 years behind bars. He will be sentenced July 10th.

Ballin said he would appeal Friday's verdict.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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