HARRODSBURG - Nicarra Jones, charged with murder in the death of her 10-month-old baby in October 2002, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Through an offer made by the Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Bottoms, Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. She had been indicted on a charge of murder and has been held in the Boyle County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.
Jones, through her attorney, John Reynolds of Nicholasville, entered an Alford plea, which means she denies responsibility, but admits that the state has enough evidence to convict her of the crime to which she pleaded.
Bottoms said the difference between murder and second-degree manslaughter is the intention to commit the crime vs. wanton behavior.
Mercer Circuit Judge Darren Peckler told Jones that the prosecution is stuck with the deal worked out between her and the state, but so is she, and he wanted to make sure she understood what that meant.