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Woman Sentenced In Deadly 2010 Burglary

Posted at 6:25 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 20:39:01-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The woman convicted of being involved in a deadly home invasion that killed a former Scott County bus driver was sentenced Friday.

Police say in February of 2010, Nicholas Willinger and Ciji Jefferson broke into Sue Jones’ Sadieville home thinking nobody would be there. Jefferson, who is the one accused of plotting the break-in, previously pleaded guilty to complicity to second-degree burglary.

They say Willinger beat Jones to death when he found her inside. Willinger stopped short of confessing to the crimes. Last week, he entered an Alford plea, which means he understood there was enough evidence to convict him.

Friday, it was Jefferson’s turn to learn her fate. Her attorney asked for probation, saying she was cooperative and had no previous criminal history.

The judge disagreed, sentencing her to eight years with credit for time served.

Willinger got 20 years in prison, but five years credit for time served.

The victim’s granddaughter made an impact statement to the court, saying she was scared for years for not knowing who killed her grandmother.