Serial rapist sentenced to 35 to 100 years

Phil­adelphia po­lice locked up Mat­thew Jones in Au­gust 2012 shortly after he raped a wo­man in the area of Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Dyre Street. Only later did de­tect­ives learn that the ar­rest sig­nalled the end to Jones’ five-year spate of ter­ror against wo­men in Frank­ford.

DNA evid­ence in Janu­ary 2013 linked Jones to three ad­di­tion­al and par­tic­u­larly bru­tal rapes in the area dat­ing to May 2007. This month, a judge ordered Jones, now 30, to re­main be­hind bars for dec­ades to come. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Donna Woelp­per sen­tenced the Megan’s Law pred­at­or to serve 35 to 100 years in state pris­on.

Woelp­per de­livered the sen­tence on April 17 after Jones pleaded guilty to 13 charges, in­clud­ing four counts of rape, two counts of in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course, one ag­grav­ated as­sault and three simple as­saults. His four vic­tims ranged in age from 25 to 45, ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia In­quirer. The first at­tack oc­curred on May 10, 2007. Ad­di­tion­al rapes oc­curred on Aug. 28, 2008; March 26, 2011; and Aug. 29, 2012. In one case, Jones at­tacked a wo­man in front of her 18-month-old child, the news­pa­per re­por­ted. In an­oth­er case, he beat the wo­man’s face severely. A third vic­tim test­i­fied that she still fears walk­ing down the street. ••

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