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The man who helped move the body of a slain Detroit mother was sentenced Wednesday to 2-5 years in prison.

Timothy Jones was charged with accessory after the fact in the case, testifying he got rid of the body of Alicia Fox-Justice, 27, during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday.

Jones pleaded guilty March 30 to the charge, admitting to tampering with evidence and helping conceal the death of an individual.

The woman’s estranged husband, 29-year-old Erin Justice, was sentenced to 47-80 years behind bars Sept. 22 in the case.

The whereabouts of the woman’s two young children — Kaylah Hunter, 6, and 8-month-old Kristian Justice — remain a mystery. Jones testified Tuesday the children were alive when he last saw them.

Jones testified in court earlier this year that Justice told him he killed his wife.

“He said they were arguing, he blacked out (and) when he came to, he was shooting,” Jones testified at a court appearance in May.

Fox-Justice had been shot in the chest, head and thigh area. Her badly decomposed body was found June 9, 2014, in an abandoned house on Penrod near Tireman on Detroit’s west side.

Justice pleaded guilty to murdering his wife Sept. 4 after changing his mind several times. He was facing trial on first-degree murder charges.

Jones testified in May that Justice was looking for car keys to his wife’s car and took him to Fox’s body in the attic of the couple’s home on Ardmore, where Justice searched his dead wife for the keys. Jones said he helped move the woman’s body, with six bullet wounds, and disposed of shell casings.

Jones said Justice gave him an expensive pair of glasses and a watch when he left and had promised him money. Jones said Justice called him about 10 times afterward but he did not take Justice’s calls.

Justice’s attorney has said Jones, whose sister has a child with Justice, was not credible.

Defense attorney Gerald Karafa pointed out during the hearing that Jones had inconsistencies in his testimony and his statements to police and FBI agents.

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