Jonathan Slemp accepts plea deal in 2010 Sullivan County murder case


KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) -A man convicted in a brutal Sullivan County murder last month pleaded guilty to another murder Thursday morning.

Jonathan Slemp pleaded guilty Thursday in Sullivan County Criminal Court to first-degree murder in the death of Gary Jones, who was found stabbed to death in his home in 2010.

Betty Sue Short
Betty Sue Short

Slemp was found guilty in September of the stabbing death of Betty Sue Short, who was found dead of stab wounds in her Kingsport apartment in 2011.

Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Lewis Combs said Slemp received life sentences in both cases. As part of his plea deal in the Jones case, he agreed to waive all appeals in both cases.

Combs said drugs may have been factors in both killings.
Slemp, who is 46, will not be eligible for parole for 51 years, Combs said.

There are no current charges pending against Slemp but he remains a person of interest in the 1997 stabbing death of 17-year-old Sullivan South High School student James Hutson.

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