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Conviction: 'I never knew about love. I never knew about family. . . . All I knew was violence.'

August 15, 2009 | 11:15 am

Photo: Steven Anthony Jones listens as he is sentenced to death for two killings during a series of violent assaults in California and Arizona, including two while in jail. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times Steven Anthony Jones, a 41-year old black man, was sentenced to death Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Jones had been convicted of multiple crimes in a spree that began when he shot and killed a man during a November 2004 robbery at a Quartz Hill car wash. The Times' Jack Leonard reported from a downtown courtroom:

Jurors described him as a "killing machine." A prosecutor likened him to a crocodile lurking in the water awaiting his prey. Even one of his attorneys acknowledged his startling resume of violence.

On Friday, Steven Anthony Jones was sentenced to death for fatally shooting one man in an execution-style robbery and bludgeoning to death a woman during a long string of violence, torture and rape that stretched from Lancaster to Arizona and into a Los Angeles County jail.

Jones, who had interrupted his trial earlier this year with several outbursts, muttered complaints to himself as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy listed his many convictions.

"Mr. Jones, be quiet," the judge snapped.

"No, you shut up," Jones, 41, shot back. A sheriff's deputy moved toward him, and Jones, wearing orange jail scrubs and with his hands cuffed to a waist chain, fell silent.

Read more: Steven Anthony Jones, a 'killing machine,' sentenced to death

Photo: Steven Anthony Jones listens as he is sentenced to death for two killings during a series of violent assaults in California and Arizona, including two while in jail. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times

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tragic in many ways.

He is not the only person in the world who has had a rough childhood. What about the one's who had a rough childhood and made something good of themselves. He decided to be a killer and that is why he is going to death row.

I hope he attacks a deputy so he can get his head blown off. Why should we spend tax dollars housing and feeding him for the rest of his miserable existance? All of these criminals who commit crimes of extreme murder should be executed publicly through PAY PER VIEW, that will certainly get California out of its budget problems. Or PAY PER VIEW gladiator fights to the death between the scumbags hosted by the GOVERNATOR?

This wasted life of a man, we should not even spend a penny to executed him, feed him to lyons or wolfs at least someone will benefit from his corpse.

what i really feel sad for is your comments, yes i know he commited so many bad things, yet who are we to judge him? instead of that we should keep our children away from the streets, and the most important let's give them lots of love and understanding so that they don't end up like this poor man.

Hector, we will judge this man because of what he is, what he has done and the damage he has inflicted upon society.

He is evil. He is beyond redemption.

Part of what ails so many communities is the inability of people to begin passing harsh judgment on violence prone individuals. Its like bad behavior has become the norm and it has taken root like cancer.

I think its tragic that a man could feel no remorse for what hes done. Is it that hes to prideful, or is it that hes acutally not sorry for what hes done...
I believe in many ways people like this who kill and torture have something truly wrong deep in their minds, i believe this is a form of control, and believeing that you can play a roll of god, and that it becomes so compelling its addiciting, sick. Horriable. Sad.
I am a strong believer in an eye for an eye, so i must comment that he does deserve to die. But i think he deserves to see those who he hurt and their familys right before hes taken...

I say this man did what he had to do to survive. So he killed a few people along the what. The people he killed were gutter people just like him. He killed drug addicts and hookers....people you wouldn't allow on your front porch. The value of human life is measured. Not all people are as important or valuable as some of us. Some people are worthless. The killer and those he killed were worthless. Now they're gone and he's on death row. Society has gotten rid of two birds with one stone.

This man said "he never knew Love", But!, I know he knew right from wrong,then he said "he never knew family", But!, I'm sure he had his homey's who he hung with, so I will say he knew what family felt like,and you don't have to have family by blood to have family. This man is just trying to make every attempt he could to get simpathy after the fact of killing and destroying so many families, and I don't feel sorry for him. What this man has did was plain evil, and God will take care of him, so I would say to let him rot in prison the rest of his life in a cell alone 24\7\365, until he goes crazy thinking about what he's done, because I think it would eat him alive.

I bet he'll be writing his woman WHO! he LOVED!, but he didn't know love. He didn't want to know what love was, or did he want to know what family was. There are so many programs and organizations that could have worked with him. Just a lame excuse for simpathy

Hector and Kev,
My first reaction when I read your comments was WHAT!!! You two have to be posting these comments to get a reaction. So instead of reacting to your comments I'll just take a deep breath and realize that evil comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. The fact that neither of you can feel compasion for your fellow man the week and defensless and some of you are too ignorant to know when to find compassion is beyond me. I guess a higher being will have to pardon me because I would not want either one of you living right next to me.

well my dear jack first of all i would like to tell this god bless you, and second of all is that i'm just stating the way i feel after all this is a free country and grants me this right, wether you like it or not.

He is a true monster, he is a primary example, why California needs a new approach towards the dealth penalty, currently it cost millions of dollars and years of litagation, and for what? so he can stay alive at the taxpayers cost? no way!
California needs a six month fast track death penalty and on the seventh month there should be an execution. The is no amount of rehabilition that can redeem him, there is no need for taxpayers to maintain his life, a six month trial, execution, we all win. less taxes to support these monsters!


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