APNewsBreak: SC dad ac­cused in 5

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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