Virgil Jones Sentenced 33 To Life

Cleveland, OH - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced that Virgil Jones was sentenced to 33 to life in prison for killing Annie Brown and Booker Burks.

Booker Burks of Cleveland stole a bike belonging to Virgil Jones, 58, of Cleveland on December 1st, 2004. Jones was at a house party at 2666 E. 61st Street when it was stolen. He went looking for the person who stole it.

Jones found Burks at 2666 E. 68th Street, a frequent hangout of Burks. Jones forced his way into the home. Seeing Jones enter the home, Burks ran and locked himself in a bedroom. Jones kicked in the door and shot Burks once in the shoulder and once in the head, killing him.

Attempting to rid any witnesses of the shooting, Jones chased the occupant of the home, Annie Brown, 46, out of the house and shot her once in the temple, killing her. He tried to shoot a third person, Emmanual Mustin, of Cleveland but the gun jammed.

Prosecutor Bill Mason said, "This vigilante's murderous rampage warranted the death penalty but I respect the jury's decision. At least this sentence will keep him in prison for the rest of his life."

On December 14, 2006, Jones was found guilty of Aggravated Murder with death penalty specifications for killing Annie Brown and Booker Burks.

Thursday's mitigation hearing resulted in the jury recommending to the judge a sentence of 33 to life. The judge subsequently sentenced him to 33 to life.