Kansas woman gets life term in 7-year-old stepson’s death

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wyandotte County Detention Center in Kansas shows Heather Jones, who was sentenced Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, to life in prison for her role in the death of her 7-year-old stepson, who authorities say had been brutally abused and whose remains were found in the family's home in Kansas City, Kan. (Wyandotte County Detention Center via AP, File)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who will serve at least 25 years in prison for the gruesome death of her 7-year-old stepson says she is sorry for not protecting the boy from his father, whom she blamed for the child’s death.

Heather Jones was sentenced Monday to life in prison another 5 years and 8 months for the death of Adrian, whose remains were found in November in the family’s pigsty in Kansas City, Kansas. She will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Jones says she was “truly, from the bottom of my heart,” sorry and claimed she had no one to turn to save her and Adrian from abuse by her husband, Michael Jones.

He has pleaded not guilty to premeditated first-degree murder and other charges in the boy’s death.