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Carjacker Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has sentenced Rodney Jones (28, Orlando) to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison for carjacking and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  The sentence consists of 14 years and 10 months for the carjacking offense, followed by a consecutive 7-year sentence for the firearm offense. Jones entered a guilty plea on September 5, 2023.

According to court documents, on September 28, 2021, Jones and two others committed a carjacking in the parking garage at a hotel/casino in Tampa. Jones and the others jumped out of a stolen sedan, pointed guns at the victim, and stole his wallet and jewelry. They demanded that the victim identify his car. One of the men then used the victim’s car keys to drive off in the victim’s car, and the others followed in the original stolen sedan. Two days later, an officer from the Orlando Police Department arrested Jones after they found him in the stolen sedan. They recovered a firearm with Jones’s DNA on it near the vehicle.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Seminole Police Department, with assistance from the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. This case is part of the Middle District of Florida’s Safe Trails Task Force. The Safe Trails Task Force is a partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Seminole Police Department, and other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement that works to combat the growth of crime in Indian Country. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher F. Murray.

This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated April 2, 2024

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