Adrian's family - grandmother Judy Conway, sister Kiki Doctor and mother Dainna Pearce were all in Courtroom 16 at the Wyandotte County District Court on Monday after noon for the sentencing. Jennifer Hoevers was also present.
Adrian’s sister Kiki Doctor, speaking directly to Jones, told him how he used to terrify her when she lived with him for four years as a child.
‘You were my father-figure,’ she said. ‘I remember being terrified of you because of the way you treated my mom.
‘My mother was scared of you, she was depressed and you were abusive. I remember how she locked herself in the bathroom saying she would kill herself because you had destroyed her self-esteem.
‘I thank God every day that she was not hurt,’ added Kiki, who also recalled Christmas Eve 2012 when he had hugged her and given her $100 and thanked her for looking after his children. ‘I wanted so badly to believe my siblings would be safe with you,’ she said.
‘You are deserving of eternity in prison with no chance of parole. You took an innocent life and my family’s emotional health as well.’
Jones’s ex-lover, Adrian’s mother Dainna Pearce added: ‘Adrian was in your care and you took his life from him and tormented him with cruelty. You killed him in the most gruesome, hideous manner.
‘You failed as a father,’ Pearce added. ‘You were supposed to protect him, love him, kiss away his hurts and show him how to be a great man. But you chose to murder your own flesh and blood.’
Detective Stuart Littlefield also spoke of the emotional effect the case had on all the cops who had been involved. ‘There is nothing that could have prepared us for this,’ he said. ‘The abuse and torture was only compounded by the fact that Mike and Heather had systematically documented it.’
‘Nothing affected me more than when Mike told me that Heather would Tase Adrian for 15-20 seconds at a time,’ added Littlefield, who then stayed quiet for 20 seconds to let the court realize how long that time was.
‘Imagine the screams of that little boy,’ the detective told the court. He then said he asked some colleagues if they knew the names Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer.
‘Of course all of them did. But then I asked if they remembered the names of an of their victims and they all said no. We remember the criminals but not the victims.
‘I hope that in 25 years when Michael Jones is eligible for parole, people remember Adrian Jones. He was 7 years-old, he was tortured, shackled and beaten to death.
‘And when his killers could no longer stand the stench of his body he was fed to pigs.’