Convicted killer sentenced to death a second time for Brevard murder

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - A convicted killer in Brevard County has been sentenced to death row for a second time.

Henry Lee Jones, 50, was already on Tennessee's death row when he was convicted of a third murder.

There were long embraces outside the Brevard County Courtroom on Friday when Jones was sentenced to death. 

It was the end of a very long ordeal for William Perez, whose 19-year-old son, Carlos, was murdered by Jones in 2003.

"I think that Carlos had his day in court, and I think it was important for the family to see it through," said Perez.

Carlos was lured to a Melbourne Super 8 Motel, where he was hogtied and slashed to death.

"He was our son. He didn't deserve to die the way that he did," said Perez.

The murder happened just days after Jones committed a double homicide in Tennessee, where Clarence and Lillian James met similar fates. 

Jones was convicted of their murders in 2009 and was placed on Tennessee's death row.

In addition to Jones' three murder convictions, he is also the primary suspect in the murder of Phillip Gross' son.   And although Jones has never been charged with the 2002 murder of Keith Gross, his family has made it a point of supporting the survivors of Jones' crimes.

"We're just thankful for the verdict today because this man committed these brutal, vicious crimes and he doesn't deserve to take another breath, he really doesn't," said Gross.

"I always knew that he wouldn't get out, but I think he had to face the charges for what he did to our son," said Perez.

Now that Florida prosecutors are finished with Jones, he's returning to Tennessee's death row.