Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DEAN JONES, a/k/a “Kurupt,” was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 26 years in prison for robbing a restaurant in 2012, during which JONES shot an innocent customer, as well as for JONES’s participation in a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, and other drugs. JONES was convicted of robbery-related and narcotics-related offenses at separate jury trials in April and December 2017 before United States District Judge Vernon S. Broderick.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “While robbing a restaurant, Dean Jones shot and badly injured an innocent civilian. What is more, Jones committed this robbery during the same time that he was selling large amounts of crack, heroin, and other drugs. Thanks to the exceptional work of the ATF, Jones will now spend decades in prison. Today’s sentence sends a strong message that this kind of violent and destructive behavior will not be tolerated.”
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In addition to the prison term, JONES, 37, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced to five years of supervised release. Of the 10 defendants charged in connection to this case, all 10 have pled guilty or been convicted at trial.
Mr. Berman thanked and praised the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for its outstanding work in this investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Clore, Jessica Feinstein, Thomas McKay, and Hagan Scotten are in charge of the prosecution.