Malinda Jones was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday for the murder of UCSB graduate student Jarrod Davidson.
Judge Frank Ochoa sentenced Jones on the charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Jones helped her husband, Philip Jones, shoot and kill Davidson in front of his Goleta apartment on July 9, 2004.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Darryl Perlin said Jones will be sent to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla and has been ordered to pay a restitution fine.
“She will never get out of prison as a result of the sentence,” Perlin said. “She was ordered to pay restitution to the [victim’s family] of $16,853.98. That will reimburse the State of California and there is a separate restitution fine of $10,000.”
Perlin said the hearing lasted three hours and family and friends of both Davidson and Jones spoke at the sentencing. Perlin said he thought the punishment was just for the crime committed.
Jones is the last of three family members sentenced for the crime. Her daughter and Davidson’s ex-wife, Kelee Davidson, was sentenced to four years in state prison after she pled guilty to two counts of perjury and one count of accessory to murder in 2005.
Philip Jones was sentenced to life without parole after he pled guilty to first-degree murder charges and lying in wait before firing the gun that killed Davidson.