PERU — A former Kokomo man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempting to kill a pizza delivery man in March 2005.

Keon Jones, 20, one of three charged in the plot to rob a then 22-year-old delivery driver from Pizza Quick in Peru, received 40 years for attempted murder, 10 years for conspiracy to commit robbery, and one year for possessing a handgun without a permit in Miami Circuit Court.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

A jury convicted Jones last month of all three charges.

Detective Mike Tarrh of the Indiana State Police believes justice was served.

“I feel the verdict was very fair for what he did to this young man,” said Tarrh, who investigated the case.

“He fired six shots and five struck the victim’s car. One of the rounds ended up in the passenger seat head rest.”

The crime occurred March 2, 2005, when Jones and two accomplices ordered a pizza for delivery to a Miami County home. As the delivery driver was returning to the store, after delivering the pizza, he came upon Jones and an accomplice in a Chevrolet Beretta on County Road 250 South near 375 West.

The Beretta was stopped in the road with emergency flashers activated to appear as if it was disabled. The delivery driver stopped to render assistance but sensed a possible robbery attempt when Jones exited the Beretta. The delivery driver then drove off and Jones fired shots from a handgun striking the delivery vehicle five times. The delivery driver was able to return to Pizza Quick uninjured, state police reported.

Accomplices, Robert Matthew Sucharski, 21, Peru, and Jennifer L. Brown, 32, Logansport, both entered pleas bargains months ago and testified against Jones at his trial, Tarrh said.

Police believe Sucharski drove the car and Brown called in the pizza order.

Sucharski pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, a Class C felony, and was sentenced to six years suspended sentence with two years probation. Brown pleaded guilty to a Class D felony aiding, inducing or causing theft. She received a 1 1/2 years suspended sentence with one year or probation, according to court records.

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