Man sentenced for role in triple murder

Associated Press

WINONA — A 35-year-old Michigan man will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to helping a man flee the state following a triple murder in Winona.

Jonathon Jenard Jackson of Troy will be sentenced May 15. He pleaded guilty on Friday to a felony count of aiding an offender as an accomplice in connection with the 2004 murders.

Jackson helped Paul Allen Gordon flee to California and Mexico. Gordon is serving three life sentences for killing Stacy Smith, her 10-year-old daughter Taylor Swanson and Smith’s unborn child and setting fire to the apartment.

Winona County Attorney Chuck MacLean said there was no credible evidence that Jackson directly assisted in the murders.

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