Convicted Murderer Sentenced to 103-Years for New Year's Eve Killing

By Scott Sarvay

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Convicted for murder, attempted murder, and criminal recklessness, 40-year-old Ronnie Jones was sentenced to 103-years in prison Friday.

On New Year’s Day, 2010, Ronnie Jones killed his then girlfriend, Melissa Patrick, at her workplace. He then drove to his ex-wife's house and tried to kill her and boyfriend, Jason Patrick.

After close to seven hours of deliberation, the jury in the Ronnie Jones murder trial returned a verdict of guilty on the count of murder.

During Jones’ trial his defense was that the entire thing was an accident when it came to the death of Melissa Patrick.

He said he was going to her place of work to kill himself in front of her and when she tried to stop him, the gun went off, shooting her in the chest.

Then when she was falling, he tried to catch her and the gun went off again hitting her in the face.

But during an audio recording, Jones said it was “Something she said that made me just snap”.

After shooting his girlfriend Jones made his way to his ex-wife’s and Jason Patrick’s home to shoot them as well. Prior to his arrival, he left a voicemail saying that this will “probably be the last time you’re going to hear from me. I’m going away for a long time. Take care of my kids.”

Shortly after leaving the voicemail, Jones showed up at the Patrick’s, rang the doorbell and then began firing through the front doorway where six children were just beginning to wakeup after celebrating the New Year.

Sarah Patrick was on a 911 call throughout the ordeal in which Jason Patrick shot Jones in the back of his leg in retaliation. That was followed by Jones driving his car into the Patrick house.

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