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Notes: Man convicted of 2021 murder of woman with Down syndrome in the West End

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Alexandria man David Jasante Cunningham was convicted last week of the 2021 murder of Melia Jones in her West End apartment, the Washington Post reported.

Cunningham was convicted of aggravated murder and rape. The post reported that Cunningham faces a sentence of life in prison.

Jones had down syndrome and worked at the Marriott Hotel in Crystal City. She was remembered by family as loving to sing and dance and was employee of the month several times in the Crystal City Marriott and at National Airport, the Washington Post reported.

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