Jones enters guilty plea in deadly accident

GREENVILLE – Sentencing for Jason Jones of Greenville has been set for Jan. 14, in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Jones, 33, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, which was amended to a 2nd degree felony, and one count of driving under suspension.

Jones was originally charged on a four-count indictment for a Feb. 26, 2018, one-vehicle accident that killed Terra A. Hodge, 33, of Greenville. Ms. Hodge was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

In exchange for entering a guilty plea, two other charges, which included driving under the influence and driving under suspension. were dropped.

The accident occurred in the 2800 block of State Route 49 when Jones, who was traveling northbound, went off the left side of the road and struck a culvert.

At the time of the accident, Jones tested positive for methamphetamines in his system and was driving without a license.

“This kills me every day I live,” Jones told Judge Jonathan P. Hein.

When Hein asked Jones if he was being pressured into entering a guilty plea, he answered “yes” and explained he meant “the plea deal offer I got,” giving him the opportunity to move on as opposed to hiring “an attorney to investigate.”

Jones, who was represented by court-appointed attorney Randall Breaden, faces prison time and a lifetime license suspension.

PHOTO CAPTION: Jason Jones confers with attorney Randall Breaden during a change of plea hearing Wednesday. (Susan Hartley photo)



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