Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Justin Rye


Multiple Arrests Made in Murder of Former Prattville Football Player

AUTAUGA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The Autauga County Sheriff's office says it has made multiple arrests in the murder of Justin Rye. Rye, a former football player at Prattville High School, was shot to death at a bonfire over the weekend, apparently over an argument about the venue's music selection.

Officials have arrested 21-year-old Joshue Duane Jones and 19-year-old John Calvin Jones, both of Millbrook.

Joshua Jones is charged with Murder and is currently being held in the Autauga Metro Jail under a $300,000 bond.



AUTAUGA COUNTY, Alabama -- Justice was served for the Rye family this week as the man who shot their 21-year-old son in August 2008 was sentenced to 24 years behind bars, according to the Montgomery Advertiser today.  

Circuit Judge John Bush sentenced 24-year-old Joshua Jones of Millbrook with the jail time after the jury found him guilty of shooting former Prattville High football star Justin Rye, 21, at a party in 2008, according to the report.

"I believe 24 years in prison is an appropriate sentence and cannot help but to be reminded of the fact that Justin would have been 24 years of age if not for the extremely poor choices made by Joshua Jones," District Attorney Randall Houston said in a statement.

John Jones is charged with Felony Hindering Prosectution and Reckless Endangerment and is also being held at the Autauga Metro Jail. His bond is set at $11,000.

Authorities tell WSFA 12 News a third suspect was also arrested on Reckless Endangerment charges, though that person's name is not being released because of their minor status.

The Autauga County Sheriff's Office has dropped the murder charges against a 19-year-old Millbrook man and arrested the suspect's older brother and charged him with the shooting death of a Prattville man, said Sheriff Herbie Johnson. 


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