Man arrested for murder served time for prior domestic incident

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — Prior to being arrested in connection to the murder of Deborah Allen, Shawn Jones was involved in a domestic dispute in Amherst County in January 2015.

According to the Amherst County Sheriff's Office, Jones was inside a house with a woman when he began shooting at her. The woman ran to a neighbor's house, with Jones following her. He continued shooting, also shooting at the neighbor's vehicle.

The sheriff's office said Jones was arrested after a stand-off lasting several hours.

According to court records, Jones pleaded guilty to maliciously discharging a firearm, malicious wounding, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The court records show he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for those charges and almost 29 years were suspended.

The sheriff's office said Jones was released on Jan. 7, 2019.

The Waynesboro Police Department said Jones was taken into custody on April 6. Jones appeared in juvenile and domestic court on April 11 for a hearing about attorney arrangements. The court said he has another preliminary hearing on June 10.

Court records for Amherst County Circuit Court show Jones has been recently charged with violating a suspended sentence.