MARTINEZ -- A 25-year-old Richmond man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in 2011.
A Contra Costa County jury deliberated for less than two days before finding Jeremiah Lee Jones guilty of kidnapping with intent to rape and eight felony sex crime charges in connection with the Feb. 4, 2011 attack.
The victim was skateboarding outside his home when Jones grabbed him and dragged him 180 feet to a nearby alley, deputy district attorney Mary Blumberg said. The child's father went searching for his son, came across the sexual assault and saved the boy from Jones.
"John Doe was courageous and brave over the past two years. He's the true definition of a survivor of a deplorable crime," Blumberg said. "Today, the jury's verdict provided him with justice, and now he can begin to truly heal."
Jones faces life in prison without the possibility of parole under Chelsea's Law, which in 2011 enhanced punishments for sex offenses against minors. He will be sentenced April 12.
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