JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 31-year-old Jacksonville woman has been convicted for a second time on charges of second-degree felony murder and armed robbery.
A jury originally found Shaketa Jones guilty in January 2011. The conviction was reversed by Florida's First District Court of Appeal due to a jury selection error.
In May 2010, Jones spent several days staking out a Gate gas station on Atlantic Boulevard. Jones and her boyfriend, Jessie Cooper, then robbed one of the store's clerks. Jones was parked in a car near the gas station. She was a lookout for Cooper, who was in another vehicle in the Gate parking lot.
The two planned the robbery and were communicating with each other by phone right before the robbery took place.
Undercover officers staked out in the area noticed Jones and Cooper in their cars. They witnessed Cooper get out of his vehicle and hold up a store clerk with a handgun. Cooper took $13,000 in cash from the clerk and tried to drive off.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detectives were able to block Cooper's car in the parking lot. Cooper then pulled his pistol on the two JSO detectives. Cooper refused to comply with police commands, and detectives fired their weapons -- killing Cooper.
Jones was convicted in Cooper's death because it occurred while she committed a felony.
"This case is a great example of criminals being held accountable for the deaths that occur as a result of the crimes they commit," said Assistant State Attorney John Guy. "It is unfortunate that the defendant and Mr. Cooper left the detectives with no other choice but to use deadly force. Due to the quick response of JSO, no officers or innocent civilians were injured."
Jones faces up to life in prison on each charge. She will be sentenced Dec. 18.
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