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Wicomico County Man Sentenced to Prison in Sexual Assault, Hostage Case

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Harry Solomon Jones (Photo: WCSO) Harry Solomon Jones (Photo: WCSO)

By Bill Mich and Kye Parsons

SALISBURY, Md.- A judge on Thursday afternoon ordered a Wicomico County man to spend 60 years in prison for holding a woman captive in his home and sexually assaulting her.

Sixty-year-old Harry Solomon Jones appeared in Wicomico County Circuit Court in front of Judge Kathleen Beckstead, who sentenced him on the charges that a jury convicted him of in Februarytwo counts of first-degree sex offense, two counts of second-degree sex offense, false imprisonment, first- and second-degree assault, unnatural or perverted practice, reckless endangerment and dangerous weapon: wear and carry with intent to injure. 

Police said the incident happened between June 13, 2015 to June 16, 2015.  During Jones' trial, the woman testified that Jones picked her up in Crisfield and took her back to his home on Keyes Lane, just off of Old Ocean City Road east of Salisbury. The woman said once inside the home, Jones hit her in the head with a crow bar knocking her unconscious.  The woman testified when she woke up, she was bound at the wrists and ankles with zip ties and sexually assaulted on numerous occasions by Jones.  She also testified that every time Jones would leave his Keyes Lane home, he would duct tape her mouth, bind her further with ropes or wires, and have her lie in the bathtub until he returned.

The woman in the case also testified that during her time in Jones' home, Jones was demanding information about her daughter.  The woman's daughter recently broke off a sexual relationship she was having with Jones.  

The woman's daughter, who also testified, claimed Jones clearly did not take their break-up well. She said she was furious with Jones for what he had done to her mother. 

During the trial, Jones took the stand in his own defense and told a very different story than that of the woman.  Jones said when he and the woman arrived back it his home, she began doing cocaine.  Jones also said the two of them played cards.  As the night went on, Jones testified the woman initiated the sexual contact between them and Jones said he told the woman he was uncomfortable with it.

Jones told the jury that the next morning he woke up with his legs tied together with rope and the woman was on top of him performing sexual acts.  Jones said on Sunday, June 14, he left his home with the woman and dropped her off at a friend's house in Salisbury and she was not in his home on June 15 or June 16.

Jones maintained his innocence throughout his February trial and just before sentencing on Thursday. He claimed his accuser lied and said, "I'm a good person. I don't do that kind of stuff to people."

Wicomico County State's Attorney Matt Maciarello was pleased with the sentence, even though he pushed for a life term.  

"We're very satisfied with obtaining that level of justice for not only our victim but the community," Maciarello said. "That defendent, Mr. Jones, is a danger to society and will likely now live his last days in incarceration."

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