Chris Jones sentenced for abuse of a corpse

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man who murdered his wife has now been sentenced for what he did to her body.

Chris Jones was sentenced to life in prison without parole in February for killing his wife Heather Palumbo Jones in 2013.

After her death, Jones burned her body which resulted in an abuse of a corpse charge.

Monday, Jones was sentenced to two years for the abuse charge.

Jones plans to appeal the murder conviction.

The elementary school teacher’s cause of death was ruled asphyxiation, and her body was found wrapped in an air mattress and burned.

In April 2013, Jones told WREG he had no idea of his wife’s whereabouts.

“When is the last time you talked to her?” then-reporter Adam Hammond asked.

“That would’ve been Monday evening,” Jones replied.

“And how did that go?” Hammond continued.

“It was an upsetting discussion, as many of our discussions as of late are,” Jones said.

Jones admitted to getting into an argument with Palumbo-Jones the night she disappeared but says he nothing to do with why no one can find her.

“I never would put my hands on her. I wanted nothing but reconciliation since the day this started,” he said.

Jones even showed News Channel 3 what he says is the last correspondence he had with his wife, an email that says, “I cannot face everyone with this. Please forgive me; it is too much. Please raise (the children) to remember me as their loving mommy.”


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