Friday, 10 July 2015 16:58

Man Sentenced to 28 Years for Child Rapes

MEMPHIS – A man convicted last month of raping two young children multiple times while acting as their babysitter was sentenced to 28 years in prison Friday, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Criminal Court Judge John Campbell sentenced defendant Mario Jones, 27, to concurrent sentences of 25 years in prison with no parole on each of two counts of rape of a child.
Jones was given an additional three-year sentence for a previous aggravated burglary conviction. Jones had been placed on diversion which was revoked when he was arrested in the rape case.
Investigators said Jones, then 21, babysat the child victims – girls ages 7 and 4 – while their mother worked. The incidents occurred in 2009, but a series of legal issues, postponements and continuances delayed the trial until this year.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Abby Wallace and by William Jefferson Cranford III, a member of the Shelby County Honors Prosecution Externship.
Wallace is a member of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.