Man whose daughter died in Detroit police raid gets at least 40 years in prison on murder charge

Charles Jones convicted of murder in death of Je'rean Blake

DETROIT - The father of a 7-year-old girl who was killed during a police raid in her Detroit home has been sentenced to at least 40 years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree murder and perjury.

Charles Jones was convicted in February in connection with the death of 17-year-old Je'rean Blake.

He was sentenced Friday to 40 to 60 years on a second-degree murder charge and 10 to 20 years on a perjury charge -- to be served concurrently. He was given 917 days credit for time already served.

He was also ordered to pay $2,900 in restitution to Blake's family.

Blake was allegedly gunned down outside a Detroit convenience store in May 2010 by Chauncey Owens. Jones allegedly gave Owens the gun used in the murder.

Owens initially entered a plea agreement to get a lesser sentence, provided he say who gave him the gun. But when he refused to give up a name, his plea was thrown out and he was ordered to trial.

--Chauncey Owens

Owens was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The police raided Jones' home as part of the murder investigation and Jones' daughter, Aiyana, was shot by a police officer's gun.

The officer, Joseph Weekley, says he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana's grandmother grabbed his gun. The grandmother has denied any interference.

Weekley is scheduled to go to trial in September. His first trial last year ended without a unanimous verdict.

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