Father of Aiyana, Charles Jones, sentenced to 40-60 years in prison for murder of teen

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Charles Jones was sentenced to 40-60 years in prison for his role in the death of 17-year-old Je’rean Blake.

Blake's 2010 murder led police to raid Jones' home, where his 7-year-old daughter Aiyana was accidentally shot and killed by Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley.

In Third Circuit Court Friday, Jones maintained his innocence, saying he did not give the gun to Chauncey Owens as prosecutors alleged. 

Owens has been found guilty of First Degree Murder and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said Owen shot Blake with Jones’ gun.

Officer Weekley is awaiting a new trial after a hung jury returned no verdict last year in Aiyana's death.

Friday, Jones addressed Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran, saying, “All you're doing is trying to cover up my daughter's death because of a reckless officer, but like Aiyana I refuse to be a victim.”

Moran told the judge, Jones only cared about himself. “He lied at his own daughter's investigation into her death, which suggests a cold, callous and uncaring feeling for anyone but himself.”

Judge Richard Skutt sentenced Jones for 40-60 years for second degree murder and 10-20 years for perjury. The sentences will run concurrently. Jones plans to appeal his conviction.

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