APNewsBreak: SC dad accused in 5
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The South Carolina man accused of killing his five children and dumping their bodies in Alabama was an ex-convict who went on a crime spree more than a decade ago in Illinois, prison documents and a family member confirmed Thursday.
Timothy Ray Jones Jr., now 32, was arrested on a cocaine possession charge March 30, 2001, in Carpentersville, Illinois. Six months later, he was arrested for a crime spree that included stealing a car, burglary and passing forged checks, according to Michael Combs, chief of the criminal division of the McHenry County, Illinois, State’s Attorney’s Office. He was 19 years old at the time.
Jones’ father, Tim Jones Sr., confirmed to The Associated Press that his son grew up in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago and had a criminal record in Illinois.
“Typical teenager doing stupid stuff, that’s about it,” Tim Jones Sr. said by phone from his home in Amory, Mississippi.