Life in prison for man convicted of 2019 murder of Ashtabula County business owner

Published: Mar. 2, 2023 at 7:20 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2023 at 3:40 PM EST
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PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - A 20-year-old man convicted of killing a a 65-year-old Ashtabula business owner in 2019 was sentenced to life in prison by Lake County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Condon Thursday afternoon.

Tim Meola was found dead inside his Mentor Avenue home in Painesville on Sept. 7, 2019.

Painesville police arrested Demarco Jones on July 28, 2022. Jones, of Willowick, was 17 at the time of the murder.

Demarco Jones
Demarco Jones(Painesville Police)

In January, Jones changed his plea to guilty to the charge of aggravated murder in front of Judge Condon.

Jones is first eligible for parole after he serves 25 years in prison.