PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP/WAVY) — A man convicted of assaulting his ex-wife and sexually abusing a mentally disabled man is facing more than three decades in prison.
Fifty-nine-year-old Robert L. Jones Jr. was sentenced Monday to 36 years in prison..
Attorneys and witnesses say Jones, who is white, insulted former state delegate and Circuit Judge Kenneth Melvin, who is black and handed down the sentence.
Jones was arrested in 2016 on charges related to the sexual abuse of a now-34-year-old man, who court documents say has the mentality of an 8-year-old.
He was convicted in October of charges including forcible sodomy. He was also convicted of domestic assault and battery for assaulting his ex-wife.