ALEXANDRIA, Va. (TCD) -- A judge sentenced a man to three life sentences in prison for sexually assaulting and strangling his neighbor with Down syndrome to death soon after she moved into her own apartment.
According to NBC Washington, Jones' father went to her apartment to check on her and found her dead with her "Hannah Montana" blanket around her body and a plastic bag on her head. She also reportedly had a T-shirt tied around her neck.
Investigators reportedly found several traces of Cunningham’s DNA around Jones' apartment, including under her fingernails and on an aerosol can. Jones’ blood was even on the bottom of Cunningham’s sandals.
NBC Washington reports Cunningham admitted he had sexual contact with Jones the day she was killed but claimed it was consensual. The two reportedly lived in the same apartment building. WFTV-TV reports Jones got her own apartment and was living alone not long before her death.
According to her obituary, Jones previously worked at Crystal City Marriott Hotel and won Employee of the Month twice. Then, when she was at Ronald Reagan Airport as a customer service representative, she was given the Perfect Attendance Award and Employee of the Month for Accomplishments and Exceeding Expectation, as well as the Perfect Attendance Award again when she was a kiosk stocker.