- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Prison documents and a family member say a South Carolina man accused of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in Alabama was an ex-convict who went on a crime spree in 2001 in Illinois.

According to Michael Combs, chief of the criminal division of the McHenry County, Illinois, State’s Attorney’s Office, Timothy Jones was arrested on a cocaine possession charge March 30, 2001, in Carpentersville, Illinois. He was arrested in September for a crime spree that included stealing a car, burglary and passing forged checks.

He was sentenced to concurrent six-year terms and had another year tacked on for another stolen car conviction. He was released from an Illinois prison on Jan. 15, 2003.

His father confirmed his son had a criminal record in Illinois and said he made a mistake when he was younger.

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