Former deputy sentenced for murder

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Shelby County Sheriff's deputy Chris Jones was sentenced to 23 years in prison Friday for the fatal shooting of a DJ at a karaoke bar.

A jury in Memphis convicted Jones on May 22 in the killing of Donald Munsey in March 2008 at the Windjammer Restaurant and Lounge. Authorities said Jones wounded a customer and tried to kill a third person.

Criminal Court Judge John Fowlkes Jr. sentenced the 41-year-old Jones Friday morning for his convictions on second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges.

Special prosecutor Bret Gunn of Nashville said Jones was angry because his divorce had become final two weeks earlier.

Jones was an 18-year veteran officer with the sheriff's office.

Munsey's family, Including longtime girlfriend Stacey Harris said the former deputy deserved more.

"What's he going to do, twenty-something years? But, you know, DJ's not here. He left behind three beautiful kids," she said.

As Jones' family spilled from the courtroom, his mother sniffled, while his father, former Memphis City Council member E.C. Jones, had other ideas.

"I'm going to pick up my petition to run for mayor," he said.

Immediately after the sentencing, E.C. Jones crossed the street to the Shelby County Election Commission and pulled his petition to run for Memphis Mayor.

Before he's certified as a candidate, Jones must collect 25 valid signatures, pay the $100-dollar filing fee, and return all of it by September 3.

Meanwhile, his son is on the way to prison.

"It's a significant sentence," attorney Leslie Ballin said. "He'll serve it, and we will work on the appeal."

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