Man sentenced in death of the mother who led double life as escort

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado. – A man is convicted of murder and kidnapping in the 2007 death of a single mother from the state of Colorado, who led a double life as a paid escort.

The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction reports ( ) that the 65-year-old Lester Ralph Jones was sentenced Tuesday. A judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

It was Jones’ second trial. The first ended in mistrial in September when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Victim Paige Birgfeld was a 34 years old when she disappeared in June 2007. Friends described her as a dedicated mother of three, who ran several businesses to support her children.

After they disappeared, the police discovered the details of her work as an escort.

Birgfeld’s remains were found in 2012, partially buried in a western Colorado gully.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel,

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