A Winnebago County judge rules Omarrian Jones will spend the rest of his life in prison.
That sentence was handed down for Jones' 2009 murder of an elderly Rockford couple: natural life. The judge also denied Jones parole, and added 60 years on to Jones' sentence.
Earlier in the day, the judge denied Jones' request for a new trial.
The focus in court Friday was on whether Omarrian Jones had an ineffective council in his trial for the murders of Reynato and Leticia Cardino.
One of Jones' arguments was that his lawyer never objected when the alleged murder weapon, a hammer, was left laying out in front of the jury after it was presented as evidence. He also argued that four hair fibers that were in Leticia Cardino's hand and on her body were never identified and should have been tested by the defense team.
Jones was convicted of beating the Cardinos to death last month. Jurors found him guilty of all 27 counts against him, including the attempted murder of their son Reyle Cardino.
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