McKinney, Texas: The Collin County District Attorney's Office announced on Monday, August 29, 2022 that 49-year-old Mark Elliott Jones had been sentenced to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole by Judge Andrea Thompson.
A jury found Jones guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child which carries a minimum possible sentence of 25 years in prison without parole.
According to the statement, the investigation began after a mother found a letter her daughter had written to God in which she disclosed the abuse. The mother turned that information over to law enforcement.
During the course of the investigation, a second child was found to have been abused by Jones. The children were 10 and 14 years old.
"It is a sad day in the community when we learn that a sexual predator has been abusing even one innocent child for years. But to learn that this predator sexually traumatized not one but two innocent children is simply unbearable," District Attorney Greg Willis stated following the sentencing.