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Eden Woman Sentenced for Carjacking and Firearms Offense

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

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced KYARA NICOLE JONES, 21, of Eden, North Carolina, to 108 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $4,477.07 in restitution.

 

On January 12, 2017, JONES pled guilty to carjacking and using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  According to the Indictment and information in the public records, on July 31, 2015, JONES and her codefendant David Earl Gill, Jr., forced entry into a residence in Louisburg, North Carolina.  Gill was armed with a sawed off shotgun and JONES was armed with a golf club.  During the carjacking, JONES violently struck the victim in the face multiple times with the golf club causing permanent injury.  JONES and Gill forced the homeowner into a closet, barricaded the door with furniture, and took the homeowner’s vehicle.  Gill was previously sentenced to 216 months for his role in this offense on September 12, 2017.

 

JONES and Gill continued their crime spree in the stolen vehicle throughout multiple states.  On August 5, 2015, law enforcement officers in McIntosh, Georgia arrested JONES and Gill when they located them driving the stolen vehicle from Louisburg, North Carolina.

 

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, the McIntosh, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office, and the Henry County, Georgia, Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Jackson prosecuted the case for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Updated November 7, 2017

Topic
Project Safe Neighborhoods