Far Rockaway man charged in fatal stabbing

Far Rockaway man charged in fatal stabbing
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By Patrick Donachie

A Far Rockaway man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of his common-law wife that occurred Sunday morning in the apartment they shared, according to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Jonnie Jones, 42, of Beach 32nd Street, was arraigned Sunday evening in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Brown said Jones attacked Monet Franklin, 51, in the early morning with a knife, allegedly stabbing her multiple times, wounding her left lung, heart, liver and right kidney. She died from her injuries, Brown said.

Jones also stabbed Maria Franklin, 74, the victim’s mother, in the left hand, according to the DA. Jones faces from 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Brown.

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