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Middlesboro man already jailed for theft now charged with manslaughter in woman's 2022 drug death

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

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Darryl Jones - BCDC

On Monday, February 27, 2023, a Middlesboro man already in custody for not providing headstones for people who had paid at Southern Monument, was handed a more serious charge of Manslaughter – 2nd degree.

Middlesboro Officer Caleb Ayers began an investigation into the death of 50-year-old Monica Jane Seals also of Middlesboro. Seals died on June 18, 2022. A report was made in July of 2022 in regard to her manner of death.

Officer Ayers states in the citation that the six-month long investigation determined that 58-year-old Darryl H. Jones is charged in “wantonly causing the death of Monica Seals by unlawful distribution for remuneration of a schedule I or II controlled substance when the controlled substance is the proximate cause of death.” Jones is accused of providing the substance that killed Seals.

Monica Seals

In Kentucky, Manslaughter in the second degree is a Class C felony that carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The law regarding manslaughter in deaths of this manner went into effect in June 2019.

He was served the complaint warrant on Jones at the Bell County Detention Center. Jones is being held on a $100,000 cash bond on this charge.

Darryl Jones was previously held on charges of theft by failure to make required dispensation of property over $1,000 but under $10,000, non-payment of fines, and a bench warrant for motor vehicle violations.

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