Yes, John B. Jones enters guilty plea today (05.01.12)
SALINE CO.—A former funeral home director and county coroner candidate in Saline entered a guilty plea today (05.01.12) in Saline County circuit court.
In a case that was started thanks to Disclosure‘s coverage on it in late 2009-early 2010, John B. Jones, 52, was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of theft in the matter, wherein he was charged with multiple counts, dating back to 2007, of thieving money from people who were paying for pre-need funeral arrangements.
These funeral arrangements were like an insurance policy, guaranteeing that a person has purchased a funeral they may not need for 20-30 years or more at a current day rate as opposed to a much more expensive rate later on. Because of this, the money paid for them must be put in a trust fund…not go to the funeral home’s coffers or, like Jones did, into his pocket. Jones did this to countless people….but will only be punished for one incident.
Sentencing in the case has, like many of Jones’ matters, been put off for MONTHS: he won’t have to learn his fate until September 18 of this year. Why the long delay remains unexplained. Whether he’ll be forced to compensate those from whom he stole—or whether that’s even part of the agreement—remains unknown. Like a lot of crap in Saline County, this, too, has been allowed to languish entirely too long…but maybe there’ll be some justice somewhere.
The case was prosecuted by appellate prosecutor Chuck Zalar, who came in on a conflict for elected state’s attorney Mike Henshaw.
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