An Arlington man is headed to prison for life for shooting his estranged wife while she sat in her car in their driveway in April 2014, court officials said Tuesday.
A Tarrant County jury sentenced Devanne Jones, 37, of Arlington after he pleaded guilty to the murder of Latoya Alexander.
A jury in Fort Worth was chosen last week for his murder trial, but Jones entered his plea before testimony started. Jurors then assessed his punishment and gave him the life sentence, officials said Tuesday.
Alexander died of multiple gunshots in the chest, according to a final autopsy ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
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After the shooting, Jones fled to Kansas and told a dispatcher that he shot Alexander and that he wanted to surrender, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. April 6, 2014, in the 300 block of Juniper Drive in Arlington. A female told a dispatcher that someone was on her property shooting. Police did not identify that caller.
Other neighborhood residents also called to report the shooting.
When officers arrived, they found a 2012 Chevrolet Impala with its headlights on and engine running in the driveway. The front driver’s-side window had multiple bullet holes, and the front and rear door handles were missing, according to the affidavit.
Officers broke windows to get inside the Impala and found Alexander, who appeared to be dead from multiple gunshots, the affidavit says.
Detectives determined that Alexander’s children, one adult and one juvenile, were in the house when their mother arrived. They told police that they heard the garage door open, then gunshots, according to the affidavit.
Police found shell casings in the driveway, according to the affidavit.
Hours later, Jones called 911 from a gas station near South Haven, Kan., in Sumner County, more than 340 miles north of Arlington on Interstate 35 and more than a five-hour drive.
The Kansas dispatcher told Arlington detectives that she stayed on the line with Jones and the store clerk until deputies arrived to arrest him.
Jones told Kansas authorities that he had a pistol in his car.
Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763