INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 58 years in prison for the August 2018 murder of a 31-year-old man on the city’s southeast side, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.
Antonio R. Jones, who is listed in court records as a homeless man in Indianapolis, was sentenced Wednesday after a two-day trial in Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division 6.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 6, 2018, to the 1600 block of South Harland Street, which is southwest of the intersection of East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive and South Keystone Avenue. Roberto Cisneros died after being shot at the scene.
Prosecutors argued that a dispute between Jones’ mother and Cisneros while inside a vehicle led to the shooting. According to witnesses, Jones was sitting in the back seat when he pulled out an AR-style weapon and fired multiple shots at Cisneros, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat. Cisneros then exited the vehicle to escape before collapsing in the yard. Jones and his mother then fled the scene in their vehicle.
Later on Aug. 8, 2018, investigators found the vehicle outside of Jones’ home in the 3100 block of St. Paul Street. Broken glass, blood, a spent .22 cartridge and Cisneros’ wallet were discovered inside the vehicle. Ammunition of the same caliber was located inside the residence.
“Far too often we see young people using senseless gun violence to resolve minor conflicts,” Prosecutor Ryan Mears said in a news release Thursday. “We must devote our collective resources to addressing the underlying issues that lead to this violence.”
IMPD did not immediately respond to a request for Jones’ jail-booking photo.