A Neshoba County woman has been found guilty in the shooting death of her boyfriend. Tironza Jones has been found guilty of manslaughter. Two years ago her boyfriend died after suffering a gunshot to the head at the home that he shared with Jones. For the crime, Tironza Jones was set to be sentenced Thursday morning, but that didn't happen.
Tironza Jones was silent when leaving court Thursday morning, a day after being found guilty for manslaughter in the January 2011 shooting death of her boyfriend, 24-year-old Michael Moore.
According to testimony during the trial, the shooting resulted from an argument between the two.
"I don't think we'll ever know the whole story because the deceased is no longer here to tell us. It was only the defendant and her daughter that can tell what happened," says District Attorney Mark Duncan.
During the trial, the jury was given the option to turn in a murder or manslaughter verdict. After hearing testimony they convicted Jones for manslaughter.
Tironza Jones, who has four children ranging in age from 15 to 7 1/2 months old, is now facing up to 20 years in prison for the conviction.
Emma Jean Moment is the grandmother of one of the victim's three children.
'I just really feel sorry for those children. I'm just asking God to bless the children and make them strong and teach him (Emma Moment's grandson) that his father is in heaven in a better place.'
For the guilty verdict, Jones was set to be sentenced on this day, but instead, Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon announced in court that he's delaying the sentencing.
'It's certainly out of the normal for him," says Duncan. "The judge had a considerable amount of questions for the defendant to gain some more information, apparently trying to determine what sentence he might impose. According to him, he didn't get enough information and wanted some more and delayed the sentencing to July.'
Jones is now set to be sentenced on July 1st.