BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- A Bryan County man was found guilty Tuesday of breaking into a Calera home where he was shot by a 12-year-old girl. This story has drawn national attention. Kristen Shanahan was in the courtroom and spoke with the teen's mom who says she feels relieved.
As 32-year-old Stacey Jones walked into the Bryan County Courthouse News 12 asked him if he had a comment.
"No comment," Jones said.
Jones made a blind plea of "no contest" at the Bryan County courthouse Tuesday afternoon. A judge found him guilty of Burglary in the First Degree".
"I think it's a good decision on Mr. Jones's part. I'm thankful my daughter isn't going to be put through a jury trial." Debra St. Clair said.
Investigators say in October Jones broke into Debra St. Clair's Calera home, where 12-year-old Kendra St. Clair was hiding in a closet and shot him through the door.
"I think Kendra's very very strong and I think this experience has only made her stronger, but I do know the things that Kendra goes through on a daily bases dealing with the problems that this has brought on her," Debra St. Clair said.
In the courtroom Tuesday, for the first time, Jones admitted to the judge that he used drugs before breaking into the St. Clair's home.
"I hope that Mr. Jones can come to grips with what he's done, and I don't want anything bad for Mr. Jones. I want him to stand accountable for what he's done," St. Clair said.
A prosecutor says Jones has two prior felonies, both involving burglary. Jones faces a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison.
"I hope he will give Mr. Jones a fair sentence and Judge Campbell is a fair judge," St. Clair said.
Jones sentencing is set for May 14th.
"I would like to see what time he's going to be given and let my daughter live on with a healthy productive life," St. Clair said.