WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - 81-year-old Paul Jones learned his fate Thursday, two weeks after pleading guilty to the murder of Frank Barrett, 85, and the attempted murders of two other neighbors, Gerald and Linda Ingram.
Jones will serve 20 years concurrently for each count, one count 2nd Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted Murder.
Jones admitted to killing Barrett in May of 2009 after Jones and the Ingrams got into an argument involving a wooden fence along their property lines in Elmore County. Barrett apparently attempted to intervene in the argument.
Jones shot the Ingrams, then walked over to Barrett's nearby home where he shot the man at point-blank range, killing him. Both Ingrams survived.
The case further enraged the community after authorities let Jones out of jail to seek medical treatment. He was later found gambling in Mississippi.
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District Attorney Randall Houston considers Thursday's sentence to be a life sentence because of Jones' age.