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Selma man sentenced to life for murder

A Selma man was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder.

John Jones, 22, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the death of Alexis Hunter on Dec. 21, 2013. A Dallas County Grand Jury convicted him of capital murder several months ago.

Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Don McMillian gave Jones the maximum sentence because he was a juvenile at the time of the murder, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson. Jones was 16 at the time of the shooting.

“It was the right sentence,” Jackson said.

Jones and his co-defendant, Larry Hunter, robbed Alexis Hunter and her friend of their cellphones. Alexis Hunter was shot in the head. The murder happened near the tennis courts of Selma High School.

Larry Hunter was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Sept. 17, 2018 for his role in the murder. Larry Hunter was 18 at the time and was charged with felony murder.

Jackson credited Assistant District Attorneys, Jimmy Thomas, Brian Jones and Shemika Dudley for their hard work on the case.