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Appeal Denied For Mercer Co. Man Convicted Of Setting Wife On Fire

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 A Mercer County man accused of setting his wife on fire will remain in prison after the Illinois Supreme Court rejected another appeal. 

Kristopher Jones was convicted of attempted murder and heinous battery in 2005. He was accused of having a fight with his wife, Tanya Jones, after learning of an affair. Prosecutors said he drove her to a rural area near Sherrard and doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. She suffered debilitating burns on her face and upper body, but during the trial, she claimed she started the fire accidentally when she lit a cigarette.

Kristopher Jones was sentenced to 30 years, but filed a petition to have the conviction reversed. In a news release issued June 25, 2014, Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan N. Lee said, "This should finally close the book on this ultimate case of domestic violence in Mercer County."

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