Darron Jerome Jones, 38, threatened his wife with an illegal, sawed-off shotgun at their Mableton apartment last October. In a witness statement, his wife noted that he had been violent with her for at least a year, and that, although she was ill with kidney disease and vomiting, he repeatedly made her have sex with him.
Jones was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, rape, and firearms-possession charges.
Sherwin Figueroa, the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, explained that marital rape is a crime.
“Married or not, sex against a woman’s will is rape, and this case is an example of how seriously we take domestic violence crimes and the various power and control tactics -- physical, mental or sexual -- abusers impose on their victims,” Figueroa said in a statement. “This defendant was facing a life sentence on the rape charge, and that is what made him accept responsibility for his actions and plead guilty to aggravated assault.”
On Friday, Cobb Superior Court Judge S. Lark Ingram sentenced Jones to 20 years, with 10 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation.Marietta attorney Kareem West represented Jones, who had previously been convicted of felony drug charges in Fulton County.