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Man who killed Salvation Army employee sentenced to life in prison

Posted at 11:30 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 13:59:14-04

The man who killed a Salvation Army employee and went on a carjacking spree at the end of last year was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday.

In April, William T. Jones pleaded guilty to 35 counts, including aggravated murder.

Prosecutors said Jones also was sentenced to an additional 154.5 years in prison.

On the morning of December 2, Jared Plesec, dressed in his Salvation Army uniform, was discussing the Bible with someone in the lobby of Euclid Beach Villa when Jones shot him at point-blank range.

Jones fled the scene and went on a carjacking spree. He attempted to rob two men at gunpoint of their car on E. 156th Street. The driver didn't stop and Jones fired three rounds at them.

Jones then robbed a female at gunpoint on the same street, taking her vehicle, before he robbed a 53-year-old man of his vehicle, according to the prosecutor.

He made his way to Lakewood where he shot at a group of joggers after they told him to slow down. He stopped the car and shot a 36-year-old woman in the leg, according to authorities.

He attempted a fourth carjacking on the exit road of the Metroparks near the border of Rocky River and Lakewood, but he failed.

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Jared Fier-Plesec, a Salvation Army employee, was pronounced dead in the lobby of the building. Jones fled the scene and went on a carjacking spree that took him across Cleveland and into Lakewood. Fier-Plesec was not collecting money for the Salvation Army at the time of his killing.