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Felon Sentenced To Over Two Years In Prison For Possessing A Firearm

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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man was sentenced today to two years and nine months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

William Edward Jones, 37, previously pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Andrew P. Gordon presided over the sentencing hearing.

According to admissions made in Jones’ plea agreement, on July 7, 2018, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a fatal car accident. Following the accident, Jones underwent a medical check. When he stood up, a semi-automatic handgun fell from his waist area. Jones was a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Allison Reese prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a nationwide program by the Department of Justice that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Department announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit


Updated May 14, 2019

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