- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) - A Petersburg man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after entering an Alford plea to second-degree murder.

Multiple media outlets report that 20-year-old Devin Thomas entered his plea on Wednesday in Dinwiddie Circuit Court, a day before he was scheduled to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.

A co-defendant, 23-year-old Joseph Bryan Phillips, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first-degree murder. His sentencing is set for Dec. 2.

The charges against both men stemmed from the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Jeremiah Eugene Jones. Jones’ body was found in February near Poplar Grove National Cemetery. Police say Jones was shot multiple times.

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