Jonathan Christopher Jones convicted of murdering Ivy Yurkus

Jonathan Jones (Macolmb County Sheriff).

Jonathan Christopher Jones. (Image via Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.)

A 28-year-old Michigan man is ready to spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of beating his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter to death in 2018 Jonathan Christopher Jones in a count of first-degree crimes and a count of first-degree child abuse for juvenile deaths in 2017 ivy yurkus, court records reviewed by the Law & Crime Show.

The verdict came after the jury deliberated two and a half days after a nine-day trial before the district judge Kathryn A Viviano. Under Michigan state law for persons convicted of first-degree murder, Jones is scheduled to receive a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole if he appears for sentencing. This hearing is currently scheduled for the morning of April 13th.

the Eastpoint Eastsider and Daily Macomb Both newspapers reported that Jones began crying immediately after the guilty verdicts were announced, with the latter reporting that his sobs could still be heard after sheriff’s deputies led him to a cell behind the courtroom.

Deputy District Attorney of Macomb Jean cloud praised the jury’s decision following the conclusion of the trial on Friday.

“We are very pleased that the jury is bringing justice to this child. Although it took four and a half years, justice prevailed,” he reportedly said.

The case against Jones is said to have been delayed multiple times due to two mistrials and multiple breaks caused by COVID-19 health restrictions at the courthouse.

Jones’ attorney Scott Weinberghe said Daily Macomb that he and co-counsel in the case Nicole KaskaThey both said they were “shocked” by the jury’s verdict.

“While we respect the jury system, we believe they reached a verdict that was not supported by evidence,” Weinberg reportedly told the newspaper.

Weinberg said his client was devastated by the outcome, stressing that Jones “denies all allegations of abuse against Ivy” and called the little girl “the love of his life.”

Prosecutors reportedly alleged that Jones punched Ivy in the stomach on May 3, 2017 in the laundry room of her home on Block 1200 of Galloway Street. Jones then drove his girlfriend, Amanda Yurkus, who is Ivy’s mother, to work at the Outback Steakhouse in Roseville. Prosecutors said Ivy told her mother Jones punched her in the stomach and the girl’s mother allegedly yelled at the defendant while driving to the restaurant Daily Macomb reported. Angered that Ivy had allegedly told her mother about the alleged abuse, prosecutors said Jones went home, punched the child in retaliation, and inflicted the injuries that later resulted in the girl’s death.

About 15 minutes after dropping Amanda off at work, Jones reportedly returned to the restaurant with an unresponsive Ivy in his arms. Leah Pacholkea certified CPR teacher who dined at the place when Jones brought in the child, allegedly testified in court that Ivy’s lips were blue and that her breathing “cackled”. Daily Macomb.

Ivy was reportedly taken to the hospital in an ambulance and arrived at the facility with a bloated stomach. Despite the best efforts of doctors, the girl succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on May 4.

The Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and found Ivy’s death to be homicide caused by blunt-force abdominal trauma that severed her mesenteric vein and caused severe internal bleeding, reports said.

According to Ivy’s mother Jones allegedly brought Ivy to the restaurant less than an hour after the little girl said to her, “He punched me in the stomach.” report of the Oakland Press.

The defense argued that Ivy suffered the fatal stomach injury from a fall several days before she began showing symptoms. A former coroner, who did not examine Ivy’s body, testified for the defense and reportedly said that he believed Ivy had slow bleeding in her stomach, possibly because she had fallen on a tree stump over the past week and that may have changed that day had worsened when she fell unconscious.

However, government authorities reportedly responded by claiming that Ivy’s injuries were consistent with “a systematic pattern of abuse.”

Jones’ attorneys said they plan to appeal the verdict and believe they have a chance of a reversal.

“We believe there are many issues in the appeals process that we hope will result in an overturn by the appeals court,” Weinberg reportedly said Daily Macomb.

[image via Macomb County Sheriff’s Office]

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