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Friday, August 31, 2012
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Maryland Man Sentenced to Nine-Year Prison Term
For 2005 Sexual Assault
- DNA Later Linked Defendant To Crime -
WASHINGTON - James Dartanian Jones, 41, of Baltimore, Md., was sentenced today to nine years in prison in connection with a sexual assault that took place in August 2005 in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Jones pled guilty in June 2012 to one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Robert E. Morin. Upon completion of his prison term, Jones will be placed on five years of supervised release. In addition, he is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
According to the government’s evidence, the victim was attacked on Aug.19, 2005, at approximately 11:30 p.m., as she walked to her car, which was parked on a side street near the 4600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. Jones approached the victim, placed a silver gun to her side and demanded her money. After taking all of her money, he forced the victim into a dark wooded area between two single-family homes, where he raped her at gunpoint. After the rape, the defendant fled. Shortly thereafter, the victim reported the crime to police.
DNA later tied Jones to the crime, and he was indicted in 2010.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department. He also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Joyce Arthur and Jason Manuel, and members of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit. Finally, U.S. Attorney Machen commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Donovan who investigated and indicted the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin B. Andrews, who prosecuted this case.