State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Tahj Halique Jones was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Simon to a total of 50 years in state prison for his role in a home invasion and robbery.
Jones was previously convicted by a Santa Rosa County jury on Nov. 15, 2016 of home invasion, robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery.
The conviction stemmed from a shooting that occurred on Nov. 29, 2015 at a residence located on Woodville Road in Milton.
During the incident, Jones and another individual entered the residence armed with firearms intending to rob the residence. Two men were home at the time and both were shot during the robbery. One victim was killed and one victim was shot multiple times but survived his injuries. Jones was identified by the surviving victim as being one of the two men entering the house and the same one that shot him.
After the announcement of the sentence by Judge Simon, the state dismissed the charge of second degree murder against Jones.
The sentence is a mandatory minimum under the 10-20-Life Statute.
The investigation as to the second gunman is ongoing.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.