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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Escapee Gets Additional Time in Federal Prison for Tossing Urine at Guards

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Corpus Christi prisoner has been sentenced to prison for escaping from a halfway house and for assault on a federal employee, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Desmond Deon Jones, 29, pleaded guilty June 13, 2016. 

Jones had been completing a prison sentence at a federal halfway house for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He escaped from that halfway house on Dec. 15, 2015, and was captured on Jan. 4, 2016. He was charged and later pleaded guilty to the escape. While in custody awaiting sentencing in that case, Jones began to throw urine and other unknown liquids on jail guards working at the Costal Bend Detention Center. Between Jan. 28, 2016, and March 24, 2016, Jones threw urine or other unknown liquids on a total of 12 guards.

At the sentencing hearing today, Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head ordered Jones to serve 28 months in federal prison for both the assault conviction and for escaping from a halfway house. The escape and assault sentences will be served concurrently to each other but consecutively to his remaining term of confinement in the firearm case. The prison sentence will be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the sentencing hearing, additional evidence was presented including jail security video of one of the assaults.

Jones will remain in custody.

The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. prosecuted the case.

Updated September 28, 2016