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Appellate Court Affirms 50-Year Sentence For Donald J. Jones, III

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit in Boston today affirmed the sentence of 50-years in federal prison imposed on Donald J. Jones, III, on charges of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual acts with a minor, aggravated sexual assault, enticement of a minor, and distribution of child pornography. Jones was convicted by a jury at trial in May 2012. U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith imposed a sentence of 50-years in prison on September 11, 2014.

Today’s Appellate Court decision, the government’s motion for summary disposition and press releases issued at the time of Jones’ conviction and sentencing hearing are attached.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald C. Lockhart represented the Government in this matter before the United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit.
The case was prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Providence by First Assistant United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie J. Kane.

No. 14-2037
DONALD J. JONES, III, a/k/a Don Juan,
Defendant, Appellant.

Torruella, Howard and Barron,
Circuit Judges.

Entered: March 23, 2015

Appellant Donald J. Jones, III, challenges his 50-year sentence for six convictions stemming from his attempt to engage in a sex act with a child across state lines and his possession and interstate transport of child pornography. Having thoroughly reviewed relevant portions of the record and each of Jones' arguments, we conclude that the district court's sentencing methodology was procedurally and substantively sound and that the district court did not abuse its discretion by imposing the sentence it did. See United States v. Politano, 522 F.3d 69, 72-73 (1st Cir. 2008) (setting out standard of review and general principles). Accordingly, the government's motion for summary disposition is , and the judgment of the district court is .

By the Court:
/s/ Margaret Carter, Clerk


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Updated June 22, 2015