Man Pleads Guilty To Megan Sharpton’s Murder

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Donnie Jones, Jr. (Photo: Franklin County, TN Sheriff's Office)

Donnie Jones, Jr. (Photo: Franklin County, TN Sheriff's Office)

Donnie Jones, Jr. (Photo: Franklin County, TN Sheriff's Office)

Donnie Jones, Jr. (Photo: Franklin County, TN Sheriff’s Office)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) - The man arrested in the murder of Megan Sharpton has pleaded guilty to the crime and will avoid trial.

Donnie Jones, Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Monday.  He will serve life in prison without parole.

Jones entered this agreement in a hearing in Franklin County Circuit Court. 

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Sharpton, 24, was found dead July 2, 2012 near the Awalt Bridge in Franklin County.  She was a nursing student.

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