D.J. Jones murder suspect sentenced to 25 years in prison

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

DURANT, OK-The case of the shooting death of former Denison High School football player, D.J. Jones came to a close as a Bryan County Judge handed down the sentence to the fourth and final suspect.

Dustin Metcalf was sentenced to 25 years in state prison after pleading no contest to second degree murder. He is one of four people involved in Jones' murder. Jones was shot and killed in August 2011 in what prosecutors call a botched drug deal. Victoria Maranan was in the courtroom and spoke with the Jones and Metcalf families about the sentence.

It was an emotional day in court Friday as a Bryan County Judge sentenced Dustin Metcalf to 25 years in state prison.

"We are sorry this happened to D.J. Jones family, I can understand the anger and everything."

Metcalf's father, Shawn, was in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down and he said the punishment is fair.

"If you do the crime, you do the time," he said.

But D.J. Jones' mother, LaTonya Walker, said 25 years is not enough.

"My son is gone. They can go visit him, I can't. I have to go to a cemetery, he has to spend the rest of his miserable life in jail," she said.

Walker took the stand during the hearing to address Metcalf one last time. Metcalf wept as he listened to Walker and Jones' sister

"I told him I hope the memory of my son haunts him. What they did to my son haunts him for the rest of his life. I hope he rots in jail," she said.

Metcalf took the stand at his sentencing hearing apologizing to D.J. Jones family and friends about his involvement in Jones' shooting, but Jones' mother said she doesn't buy it.

"The whole testimony is a lie. I don't believe a word he said and I didn't take that apology to hear," said Walker.

Bryan County District Attorney, Emily Redman, said Metcalf entered a blind plea last month to a reduced charge of second degree murder, leaving it to a judge to decide his punishment instead of a jury.

"We respect the judge's decision after consulting with D.J. Jones' mother. We decided to take the case out of the hands of a jury and ask the judge," she said.

Metcalf's attorney, Al Hoch, said it's the sentence they were hoping for.

"We're satisfied with what the judge did and the fact that a little bit of it's suspended and he has credit for time served. I think that it does show that the DA believes or not that he's remorseful," he said.

Walker said while the case may be closed, her family will never get closure.

"It's supposed to be but it's not. I mean I feel like I didn't get any justice in Durant, Oklahoma," she said.

Metcalf is held in a Johnston county jail after allegedly assaulting a fellow inmate in Bryan county.

He has 10 days to reconsider his plea.


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