- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - Two brothers were convicted of murder Friday in the slaying of a young woman 26 years ago in western Michigan’s Newaygo County.

A jury convicted Matthew Jones, 45, of first-degree murder, while a separate jury in the same trial convicted Paul Jones, 43, of second-degree murder.

The body of 18-year-old Shannon Siders of Newaygo was discovered in the Manistee National Forest in 1989, three months after she disappeared. Authorities said she was sexually assaulted and killed while partying with the Jones brothers and other teens, north of Grand Rapids.

Siders’ father, Bob Siders, said he was taking a group to the cemetery after the verdicts.

“We’re going to share the news. We might have a little prayer time, quiet time, some tears shed,” he told The Muskegon Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1H7p004 ).

The body was exhumed from the cemetery in 2012 as part of the investigation.

The trial began April 20. Defense attorneys told jurors there was plenty of reasonable doubt, especially after so much time. At the time of Siders’ death, the Jones brothers were in their late teens.

“The conviction is against the great weight of the evidence,” said Paul Stablein, lawyer for Paul Jones.

Prosecutor Robert Springstead said the juries were courageous.

“This wasn’t a case where there was any one piece of evidence that kind of turned the case,” he said. “We went through it thinking that each witness added a piece or two to the puzzle. It took the whole package to put it together, especially after 26 years.”

Matthew Jones will be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole on June 16. Paul Jones could get a sentence with an opportunity for parole because he was convicted of second-degree murder.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon


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