- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A former eastern Tennessee woman serving 18 years in prison for beating and robbing her landlord has lost an appeal before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

The judges rejected claims by 34-year-old Christina Lee Jones that she had not abandoned her rental property, so therefore a search of the residence was illegal.

Her attorney, Matt Bolton, told The Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/1kwsM3r ) he will seek permission from the Tennessee Supreme Court to appeal the ruling.

The case stems from the April 9, 2005, beating and robbery by Jones of her and her former husband’s landlord, Donald Teague.

Jones’ husband at the time, Steve Thomas, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the beating and robbery.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com


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