FAIRFIELD (KRON) — A Fairfield man plead guilty on Friday morning to the murder of a 13-year-old girl, Genelle Conway-Allen, of Suisun City, during rape, kidnapping and sexual assault in 2013.
35-year-old Anthony Lamar Jones, who faced the death penalty for the crimes against Conway-Allen on or around January 31, 2016, will be sentenced in June of 2016 to life in prison without parole, according to Solano County District Attorney, Krishna Abrams.
Jones’ trial was scheduled for September.
“Although the People strongly feel death is the appropriate punishment for this horrific crime, the plea brings finality and closure to the victim’s family, the police department and our community and it provides certainty that the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison,” Abrams said in a news release Friday morning.
The prosecution conferred with Allen’s family and Fairfield police before agreeing to Jones’ plea agreement, Abrams said.
The girl’s unclothed body was found by a homeless man in a parking lot at Allan Witt Park in Fairfield on February 1, 2013, a few miles from where she was last seen the day before, near Railroad Avenue in Suisun City.
Conway-Allen was in foster care at the time of her death, and he legal guardian reported her missing.
Jones, who worked at a Suisun City barbershop, was identified as a suspect early on.
Fairfield police placed Jones under 24-hour surveillance. Jones was arrested on February 8 in the 1100 block of East Tabor Avenue in Fairfield.
Some of Conway-Allen’s classmates from the Green Valley Middle School in Fairfield attended a memorial service at a cemetery three weeks after her body was found.
Genelle Conway-Allen was described as a girl with a bright smile who loved to write songs and poetry. Green Valley Middle School Principal Greg Hubbs said she was energetic and outgoing.
Bay City News contributed to this report.