TAMA — Prosecutors allege Dustin Jerome Jefferson’s wife was killed in September 2013 because she told authorities where he was while he was wanted on a sex abuse charges.

In the years that followed, Dustin Jefferson and his mother, Ginger Jefferson, were found guilty of murder in his wife’s death in a series of trials.

On Thursday, the tragedy came full circle as Dustin Jefferson pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the original sex case.

Dustin Jefferson, 42, of Tama, had been charged with five counts of third-degree sexual abuse involving a minor. On Thursday he entered an Alford plea — not admitting guilt but contending he would likely be convicted if the matter went to trial — to misdemeanor assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

He was sentenced to up to two years in prison followed by 10 years of parole and fined $625 plus court costs. He will have to register as a sex offender should he ever be released from prison.

He is serving life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 32-year-old Kerry O’Clair Jefferson.

Prosecutors allege Ginger Jefferson, Dustin Jefferson and O’Clair Jefferson got into an argument after a day of drinking. The wife had reported Dustin Jefferson’s whereabouts to police, and Jefferson at the time had an outstanding arrest warrant for sex abuse. Prosecutors allege Dustin Jefferson helped his mother kill O’Clair Jefferson, who was stabbed in the neck.

Ginger Jefferson, now 61, was convicted of first-degree murder during a 2014 trial and his serving life in prison.

Dustin Jefferson’s first murder trial was stopped because of questions about jury makeup, and the second trial ended in a hung jury. The third trial was moved to Jasper County and resulted in a guilty verdict in February 2016.


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