Where is Jack Ronald Jones Now?

September 8, 2023

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A man who with his wife helped found a well-known Maryland victims' rights group after the 1982 murder of their daughter has died at age 79. Vincent Roper, the father of 22-year-old college student Stephanie Roper, died Thursday. His family said he had been suffering from dementia for several years.


Jones, who was sentenced to two concurrent terms of life in prison and 20 years in prison for the 1995 rape, beating and strangulation of Mary Phillips in her Bald Knob accounting office, was denied parole again on Monday by an Arkansas Parole Board panel. He has appealed the decision. Jones' sister, Lynn Scott of North Carolina, said in an interview last week that she continues to grieve for her older brother's victims but believes he had become so damaged by sexual and physical abuse, mental illness and drug use that he could not control his angry rages.

Jones rushed for a career-high 987 yards on 153 carries (6.5 average) and 13 TDs in his first year at USC in 2015. He broke Heisman Trophy winner Charles White's 39-year-old record for most freshman season rushing yards. He was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week selection after rushing for a game-best 142 yards on 25 carries with a 6-yard touchdown run against Colorado. He also rushed for 107 yards on 12 carries, including a 51-yard TD burst, against Washington.


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