UPDATE: Angela Jaynes sentenced for murder of James Cox

By: Angela Sparkman; Laura Beranek Email
By: Angela Sparkman; Laura Beranek Email
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 7/25/14

Angela Jaynes admitted her role in the killing of James Cox. Now she will spend two decades in prison.

Earlier this year, Angela Jaynes pleaded guilty to murder for the death of James Cox.

Police say she and her husband Jesse Jaynes killed Cox at their home in December of 2012.

During sentencing on Friday, Angela Jaynes did not speak when the judge asked her if she wanted to say anything. Instead her attorney only asked the judge to accept the plea deal.

The Commonwealth's Attorney recommended a 20 year sentence. In exchange for her guilty plea, they will not seek more charges.

"The commonwealth will not pursue any other charges regarding the tampering with physical evidence that may have occurred to manipulate evidence pertaining to the murder charge," said the assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.

The judge agreed to the plea deal and sentenced her to 20 years in confinement.

The defense attorney asked the judge to consider factors like Jaynes' health and mental state for where to serve her time, but the judge sent her to prison.

"The court is of the opinion imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public," said the judge.

The judge gave her credit for time already served in jail.

Angela Jaynes was turned over to the Knox County Sheriff's Department to be transported to the state prison.

Earlier this year, Jesse Jaynes pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
5/23/14 Update

Jesse and Angela Jaynes appeared in Knox County Circuit Court on Friday.

Jesse Jaynes learned he will spend 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in March to manslaughter for the 2012 death of James Cox.

His wife, Angela Jaynes, then entered a guilty plea for murder in Cox's death. The prosecution recommended a 20 year sentence for the woman.

"The best thing I can say to her is 'I hope you wake up every day and see his face,'" said Cox's sister, Penny Mills.

Had Angela pleaded not guilty, Jesse would have testified against her.

"The evidence I have, and out of the research and investigations, I believe Angela's much more culpable than Jesse," said Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele, "Hence her 20 year sentence against his 10."

Because of Jayne's plea, the Commonwealth agreed not to press any more charges against the woman.

The prosecution said because of possible evidence, they could have pursued abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence charges.

"At the end of the day, both of them killed my little brother and both of them are going to have to serve time in jail over it." said Mills.

Angela Jayne's sentencing is scheduled for July 25th at 1:00.


A Knox County man will wait a little longer to learn how long he will serve behind bars.

Earlier this month Jesse Jaynes pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Police say he and his wife Angela Jaynes shot and killed James Cox in December 2012.

The Commonwealth recommended a ten year sentence on the condition Jaynes testifies truthfully at his wife's trial.

Sentencing is set for May 23rd.


A former Knox County fire chief who pleaded guilty in connection with a murder case has agreed to testify against his wife.

Jesse Jaynes pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday.

Jaynes must testify against his wife Angela Jaynes, who is charged with murder, in order to get a ten year sentence.

46-year-old Jesse Jaynes admitted in court he shot and killed 35-year-old James Cox on December 27th, 2012.

The judge asked, "What did you do that makes you guilty of this offense?" "I shot a man," Jaynes answered. "Would that be James Cox?" asked the judge. "Yes," Jaynes answered.

In December of 2012, Jaynes told us in a jailhouse interview he shot Cox in self-defense because he believed he was in intruder on his property.

"It's bad, it's heartbreaking. I spent 25 years of my life trying to save people's lives. Never imagined having to be in this situation," Jaynes said in 2012.

State police said Angela Jaynes and Cox were possibly having an affair and evidence showed the shooting was not self-defense. Detective charged Jesse and Angela Jaynes with murder.

Thursday, Jesse Jaynes took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter. The judge asked him what happened that night.

"I done what I felt I had to do at the time," Jaynes said. "You do admit you committed the offense as it is charged in the indictment amended?" asked the judge. "I admit I done what I felt I had to do at the time," Jaynes said.

The Commonwealth's Attorney recommended a ten year sentence on the condition he testifies truthfully at the trial for his wife, Angela Jaynes.

Sentencing for Jesse Jaynes is scheduled for April 25th.

The trial for Angela Jaynes was scheduled to begin later this month, but the judge postponed it so her attorneys can prepare for the new information.

Former Stinking Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Jesse Jaynes, entered into a plea agreement today in the death of James Cox.

As the terms of the plea agreement indicate, Jaynes's murder charge will be amended to manslaughter in exchange for his guilty plea.

The Commonwealth recommends a sentence of ten years.

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