A South Carolina man has been sentenced to death after his recent conviction on charges related to the murder of his five children.
According to the BBC, a Lexington County jury handed down the sentence against 37-year-old Tim Jones Jr. following arguments by prosecutors against a life sentence, which they said would amount to sending “Timmy to his room” for the horrific crimes.
But the young victims’ mother did not want him to die because of what he did, she told jurors during the final phase of the trial, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
“I personally, myself, can’t bring myself to want anybody to die,” Jones’ ex-wife Amber Kyzer said.
Despite that call for leniency, she said she felt as a mother that she could “personally rip his face off,” asserting that he showed the children who loved him no mercy in the violent August 2014 attacks.
“He did not show my children any mercy by any means,” she said. “But my kids loved him and if I’m speaking on behalf of my kids and not myself, that’s what I have to say.”
Jones confessed to causing his eldest child’s death by means of overexercise. He went on to strangle the other four before dumping their bodies more than a week later.
A unanimous decision was the only way Jones would have received capital punishment; any other decision would have resulted in a life sentence.
[Featured image: Lexington County Sheriff’s Department]