East Texan gets 50 years for killing ex-girlfriend

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Michael Scot Hudnall has been sentenced to 50 years in prison, after he pled guilty to fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend. Hudnall shot and killed Joanna Marie Jones last November at Chicago Bridge and Iron in Tyler. After that shooting, Hudnall shot himself in the face.

It was a packed court room as family and friends of Joanna Jones came to see justice served. It was their one chance to confront the man who took the young mother's life. Joanna's widower, told Hudnall he has found peace.

"Our lives have not been destroyed," said Steve Jones. "God's grace has been with us this whole time through this whole ordeal, and I want you to understand something Scot, I love you man and I forgive you. God bless you brother."

However Joanna's mother, Mary Dunn, was less forgiving and still too grief-stricken to face her daughter's murderer. Instead, Smith County D.A. Matt Bingham, read her statement to the court.

"Our only child who came to Texas with dreams and ambitions and became a victim of a selfish and cruel man she trusted who took her life in a fit of rage and jealously," read Bingham. "He has wrecked all of our lives. The pain caused is so deep it is unbearable."

Mrs. Dunn also wrote that Hudnall thought he could own her daughter and it was his rage and brut force that tragically took her life. As for Hudnall, his father told us Scot didn't want to go through a trial out of consideration for Joanna's 10-year-old daughter.

"Scot's very remorseful," said O.L. Hudnall Jr. "He's very distraught - a lot of emotions. He shed a lot of tears with his mother and I over this incident."

And, after a failed-suicide attempt, Scot will now have plenty of time to think about what he's done...behind bars.

Hudnall will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

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