A 16-year-old Warroad boy has pleaded guilty in
the death of a toddler who was assaulted and then thrown from a
Justin Jones was certified to stand trial as an adult.
Just hours before his trial was to start, Jones pleaded guilty
to second-degree intentional murder in the death of 15-month-old
The Warroad toddler died of blunt trauma to the head after being
sexually assaulted and thrown from a window in 2002. Jones was 14
at the time of the crime.
As part of a plea agreement, all other charges were dropped,
including a charge of first-degree murder.
Jones faces a maximum of 26 years in prison.
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