Ex-Monterey NPS professor pleads guilty to murdering wife

Norife Herrera Jones

Norife Herrera Jones

A former Naval Postgraduate School professor pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his wife in Monterey and dismembering her body.

Lawrence Jones will be sentenced to serve 50 years to life in state prison for the 2012 murder, prosecutors said.

Lawrence Jones, 74, was an NPS professor on sabbatical when his 29-year-old wife, Norife Herrera Jones, was found dead in Aromas.

Prosecutors said the estranged husband and wife got into an argument over a divorce settlement and the professor launched into a manic rage. The argument happened inside their house at 115 Spray Ave. in Monterey on Aug. 31, 2012.

“In a manic rage, he struck the victim with a blunt object, rendering her unconscious,” prosecutors said.

Norife Herrera Jones was unconscious for five days.

On Sept. 5, “after realizing what he had done, (he) shot the victim…

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