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Cameron T. Jones Pleads Guilty And Sentenced In U.S. Federal Court

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

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 31, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, CAMERON T. JONES, a 22-year-old resident of Bethel, Connecticut, pled guilty and was sentenced to a term of:

  • ison: 30 days with 30 days suspended
  • ecial Assessment: $15
  • ne: $2,500

JONES was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to.theft of government property.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David Dayton and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In September 2012, JONES was enlisted in the United States Air Force where he worked as a member of the Security Forces on Malmstrom Air Force Base (MAFB). In an interview with law enforcement, JONES admitted to taking an Advanced Combat Optic Gunsight (ACOG) valued at under $1,000 from MAFB. JONES stated he knew where the ACOG was located because he had moved furniture into the room where it was located the previous month. JONES admitted he drove to Walmart where he purchased bolt cutters. He then drove to the building housing the ACOG and cut the lock from the storage locker with the bolt cutters and took the ACOG.

The stolen government property in this case came to law enforcement's attention in November 2012, after it was discovered the ACOG was missing and a witness overheard someone mention their friend had taken the ACOG. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement located a witness/co-conspirator who admitted to driving JONES to Walmart and disclosed that JONES told him about his plan to take the government property.

After admitting to taking the government property, JONES returned an ACOG by mail, and it was positively identified as the ACOG he stole.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation.

Updated January 14, 2015