RIVERHEAD, Long Island --A 34-year-old Long Island property manager has admitted to killing his wife in 2010.
Joseph Jones, of Centereach, pleaded guilty on Monday to manslaughter in the death of 31-year-old Nicole Tessa.
It was days before Christmas in 2010, and the body of Tessa had turned up about a football field away from the home she shared with Jones and their 3-year-old son.
Jones was seemingly beside himself with grief, and claimed Tessa had disappeared days earlier, but he'd waited two days to report her missing. It didn't take long for a police dog to find her body.
"I got my son inside asking me, 'What's going on, why you so sad?' I don't even know how to explain to him," Jones had said. "A caring, loving mother who tried to do everything she could for her children and her family and everything."
When investigators took Jones in for questioning back then, he told them he and Tessa had been arguing over selling oxycodone pills, when he left in a huff, and returned to find her gone, having left their son, he claimed, with a family member.
At the time, neighbors said the couple fought regularly.
"You don't argue with somebody and then he leaves and then she leaves and then she's found in the woods dead. I mean it doesn't make any sense," a neighbor said in 2010.