Ponemah man sentenced to 12 years in prison for murder of romantic partner

A Ponemah man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of his romantic partner.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 24-year-old William Jones, IV, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last October.

Court documents say that Jones and the victim lived together in Ponemah, and in November 2019, Jones assaulted the victim.

The release details a gruesome assault, in which the victim was left unconscious for two days, not receiving any medical care until Jones’s mother arrived and contacted emergency personnel.

The woman died about two weeks later while in a vegetative state from a traumatic brain injury.

“The victim died….  as a result of her injuries and the defendant’s failure to seek immediate and life-saving medical assistance on the victim’s behalf,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger.

The Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force conducted the investigation.

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