WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man who pleaded guilty to raping a woman who used a wheelchair was set free at his sentencing Monday, Sept. 23.
Anthony Parnell Jones, 27, was ordered in Kandiyohi County District Court to serve 15 years of supervised probation and could face a 48-month prison sentence if he is unsuccessful in completing probation. He was ordered to pay $590 in fines and court fees.
He was given credit for 160 days already served in jail. He must follow a list of conditions — register as a predatory offender, stay in contact with his probation officer and have no contact with the woman. He may not possess firearms or ammunition.
Jones pleaded guilty in August to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in a January sexual assault of a wheelchair-bound woman. The plea was an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged there was enough evidence to most likely convict him at trial.
Jones was accused of raping a woman while he had reason to know she was physically helpless and mentally impaired.
A DNA analysis by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified semen and found a Y-chromosomal profile matching Jones.