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QUESTION: Back in the early 1990s, there was an incident whereby a young boy shot and killed two people for not giving him a ride home. I believe his name was Joshua Jones. This occurred in Sacramento. Whatever happened in that case?
Submitted by: Deejay, Sacramento
ANSWER: Joshua Mark Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder for the March 1997 shooting of two women who allegedly teased him at his sister's apartment in the 1500 block of Fulton Avenue.
According to stories in The Bee, the women, Julianne Bates, 29, and Beverly Joyce, 35, were joking with Jones about who was going to take him home from his sister's apartment. The prosecutor said that Jones, a 22-year-old unemployed food service worker with a habit of carrying a gun, exploded in a fit of anger and shot the women.
Both women were taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where Bates died. Joyce, who was shot in the forehead, suffered permanent injuries.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Jones was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Now 39 years old, he is at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.
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