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Clayton Man Sentenced To 15 Years After Guilty Plea To Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrance W. Boyle sentenced MARKIE DEVON JONES, 39 of Clayton, North Carolina, to 180 months followed by 3 years of supervised release.

On August 12, 2015, JONES pled guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  

According to the investigation, On November 6, 2014, a deputy with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office observed JONES driving a vehicle erratically and crossing the center line of the roadway.  The deputy made a traffic stop and noticed JONES attempting to conceal something as he was exiting the vehicle.  A Clayton Police Officer arrived at the scene and they attempted to take JONES into custody, but Jones resisted.  After a brief struggle, JONES was placed in handcuffs and searched.  A stolen loaded .45 caliber handgun was discovered in JONES’ rear waistband area.  Additionally, several ski masks and latex gloves were found in the vehicle’s glove box.  JONES has multiple previous felony convictions and was sentenced as an armed career criminal.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the Clayton Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes is handling the prosecution on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Updated November 24, 2015