Sentencing in $185,000 cell phone ransom

March 20, 2009 1:47:14 PM PDT
A purse-snatcher who demanded $185,000 in ransom to return his victim's cell phone - but agreed to settle for $200 - has been sentenced to prison in central Pennsylvania. Police arrested Randy-Jay Jones in Lancaster in October 2007. The victim had brought authorities with her after negotiating the lower price to retrieve the phone.

Police say Jones had grabbed the woman as she exited her car and started fondling her. The woman broke away but Jones took her purse.

Jones was later convicted of robbery and indecent assault. On Friday, he was sentenced to 17 to 23 months in prison.

Jones never told police why he asked for so much money. A defense attorney says Jones was drunk at the time.

Jones apologized to the victim and her family.

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Information from: Lancaster New Era

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