A 38-year-old man accused of using a gun to carjack an East Baton Rouge Parish school bus on April 14, 2014 was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced Thursday in a news release that U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick sentenced Jock R. Jones, 38, Thursday to a total of 32 years in prison and to pay $840 based on three counts against him.
Green said evidence in the trial revealed that Jones attacked an East Baton Rouge Parish School System bus driver outside her home and held her at gunpoint, pointing the gun at her two children as well and telling them if they called police he would kill them. Jones then forced the woman to drive her empty bus to an unnamed location.
A federal grand jury indicted him on July 24, 2014 on three counts. Jones, formally of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to a count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but went to trial over two additional counts against him — carjacking and using/carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. The court found Jones guilty on both counts, the release says.
Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 15 years on a count of carjacking and 7 years for using/carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, the release says. In addition he is to pay $540 restitution to the bus driver, a $300 special assessment and forfeit all property involved in the crime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Baton Rouge Police Department handled the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rene I. Salomon and Jessica M.P. Thornhill.