Kansas stepmother sentenced to life in prison for killing 7-year-old boy and feeding him to pigs

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Heather Jones, 30.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for the murder of her 7-year-old stepson, whose remains were fed to pigs.

Heather Jones, 30, pleaded guilty in October to first-degree murder and was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the November 2015 murder of Adrian Jones, according to the Kansas City Star.

Jones’ remains were discovered last year when police responded to a domestic dispute at the family’s home, KSHB reports. He is believed to have died sometime between Sept. 18 and Oct. 5.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Sheryl Lidtk said it was the most heinous crime she’s seen in her 27-year career as a prosecutor and that Jones was physically and emotionally abused, confined, and “essentially starved to death.”

The boy’s grandmother, Judy Conway, spoke during the trial and described her grandson as being a happy child.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t protect him because that’s what I wanted to do, that’s what I tried to do,” she said.

When Heather spoke, she explained that she was in an abusive relationship with her husband, felt trapped and didn’t know what to do.

“I have to live with this for the rest of my life,” she said. “I didn’t have anyone to call. I didn’t have any family to help me.”

Adrian’s father, 45-year-old Michael A. Jones, was also charged in connection with the murder. His trial is set for February 2017.