A 28-year-old Bryan man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted by a Brazos County jury of stabbing the mother of his child 14 times before slitting her throat in front of their toddler.

According to the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, a jury found Gabriel Janord Jones guilty of aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon. Because the assault caused serious bodily injury, the charge was a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Officials said on April 8, 2016, the victim’s neighbors in College Station called 911 after her son fled the home where his mother’s bloody body lie and knocked on a nearby door for help.

Though Jones and the victim were separated, she was attempting to co-parent with him, a press release states, and he was at the victim’s home to play with the child. Eventually, authorities said, he made sexual advances toward the victim, which she rejected.

Upon being rejected, Jones used a knife he’d obtained from a co-worker and stabbed the woman 14 times before slicing open her neck and jugular veins. He also threw the child across the room when he attempted to help his mother. The woman received medical treatment quickly enough to survive her injuries, police said.

During the trial, an ex-girlfriend testified Jones had physically abused her, including punching her and giving her two black eyes. The jury also heard recorded phone calls from Jones to a woman made while he was in jail. During the calls, he threatens the woman with harm should she decided to break up with him, officials said.

A press release notes that during the struggle, a part of Jones’ finger that was severed and left at the scene of the crime was used as evidence.

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