Texarkana man gets 130 years in shooting of ex-girlfriend


A Texarkana, Ark., man who stalked a former girlfriend before shooting her in January 2015 received a 130-year prison sentence Tuesday as part of a plea bargain in Miller County.

Curtis Theo Jones, 53, pleaded guilty to 12 felonies at a hearing before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones with the help of public defender Matt Stephens. Eleven of the charges stemmed from Curtis Jones shooting of a woman in her Texarkana, Ark., garage Jan. 21, 2015, while one charge of residential burglary concerned a December 2014 break-in at the victim’s home by Curtis Jones.

Curtis Jones received a 30-year sentence for attempted murder, a 40-year sentence for terroristic act for the bullet that struck the woman’s thigh, and three 20-year sentences for each of three other bullets discharged in the victim’s garage. Those five sentences will be served consecutively for a total 130 years.

Curtis Jones received four six-year sentences for aggravated assault, a 20-year sentence for felon in possession of a firearm, and a 10-year sentence for solicitation of a third party to provide a false alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the shooting. All of those sentences will run concurrently to one another and concurrently to the 130-year combined sentence on the first five charges.

According to court records and a protective order petition, Curtis Jones was physically and emotionally violent and threatened not only the victim but her family as well. Curtis Jones caused thousands in damage to the woman’s home and property and demanded that he pay her $5,000 to leave her alone. The woman paid the money but the stalking continued despite a protective order issued just weeks before the shooting.

The victim was awarded a judgment in excess of $275,000 against Curtis Jones last year in a civil suit. Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Black said Curtis Jones will not be eligible for parole until he has served approximately 27 years of his sentence, meaning he will be close to 80 before parole officials will consider him for release.

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