Dixie Chaney Jones, a 70-year-old Las Vegas woman murdered by teenage thugs on Sept. 28, was a long-time Las Vegas resident who was walking home from a friends house when she was shot.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Jones graduated Rancho High school and also served as a Dallas Cowgirl.
Her family has described her as a sweet yet “scrappy” woman who wasn’t easily intimidated and spoke her mind.
The elderly Las Vegas woman was approached by two teenagers in a car who attempted to rob her at gunpoint.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports that when she refused to cooperate, she was shot.
Police, responding to calls about a shooting in the area, found Ms. Jones lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound.
She was still alive and provided a description of the person who shot her and the getaway car.
She was transported to University Medical Center where she later died from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Two suspects were arrested that very same day, William Copeland, 19 and Fabian Diaz, 16.
Copeland was a passenger in the car driven by Diaz and they claim that Ms. Jones told the two teens she had a gun.
Although she did not carry a gun, the victim’s family said it is possible that she would have told the teenagers that she did have a gun in an attempt to scare them off.
Copeland initially said that the shooting was an accident.
He claims he fired once into the air and that the second shot was discharged after his hand slipped.
The baby-faced thugs have been charged with murder, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Will Copeland and Diaz, if convicted, serve enough time for their crimes?
The sad truth is that a lifetime sentence does not necessarily mean that a person convicted of murder will die in prison, especially for someone that is only 16-years-old.
There is a chance that even if convicted that Copeland and Diaz will be out of the prison system and back on the streets at a much younger age than Jones, the Las Vegas woman murdered, was at the time of her death.
Let’s hope that is not the case.