Mobile Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Possessing and Firing an Illegal Machinegun During New Year’s Eve Celebrations
MOBILE, Ala. - Roderick Levar Jones, 33, of Prichard, Alabama, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 87 months imprisonment, for his participation in a violent home invasion during November of 2011 in Chickasaw, Alabama. Jones entered a guilty plea to the charge of accessory after the fact to kidnapping in federal court in December of 2012. Court documents reflect that he became involved when those committing the home invasion, Brandon Nobles, Miller Griffin and Zerrick Robinson, contacted him to assist them after they had kidnapped the victim’s wife. Jones, armed with a gun, stood guard over the victim’s wife while the others sought to collect a ransom. Nobles, Griffin and Robinson all pled guilty to the federal gun and kidnapping charges in July of 2012. Nobles was sentenced in March of 2013 to a term of imprisonment of 264 months. Robinson and Griffin have not yet been sentenced.
United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed the sentence in Jones’ case. She ordered that Jones serve a term of 87 months imprisonment, to be followed by a supervised release term of three years. She ordered that the defendant receive drug treatment and that he be subject to drug testing when released on supervision following his prison term. No fine was imposed, but the judge ordered that Jones pay the special manadtory assessment of $100.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chickasaw Police Department, the Mobile Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.