KALAMAZOO – Anthony Shamont Jones’ sentence now differs little from the one he received 33 years ago – life in prison.
But after a judge’s ruling Monday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, Jones has the hope of one day being a free man.
At a hearing to resentence Jones, 50, for his role in the 1979 killing of a Kalamazoo grocery store owner, Circuit Judge Gary C. Giguere Jr. ordered that Jones continue to serve life in prison but made him eligible to have his case heard by the state’s parole board.
While Giguere’s decision does not assure Jones will one day be released from prison, both his attorneys and his family said they were thankful that he has now at least been given the opportunity to state his case for release.
“We will urge the parole board to immediately consider him,” said Deborah LaBelle, one of Jones’ attorneys. “His co-defendant had that opportunity more than 20 years ago.”