Selma Man Sentenced to 112 Months for Gun Crime

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MOBILE, AL – A federal judge sentenced a Selma, Alabama man today to 112 months in prison for possessing a firearm while being a previously convicted felon.


According to court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, John Ashley Jones, Jr. aka Baby Junior, of Selma, was approached by police on June 4, 2020. Dallas County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were responding to a call about a suspicious person with a firearm at 200 Landsend Avenue in Selma. When Deputies arrived, they saw a man, later identified as John Ashley Jones, Jr., standing next to a tan SUV.  A deputy observed Jones make a motion as though he had thrown something under the vehicle as deputies approached the SUV.  Jones was secured and deputies recovered a Ruger .380 caliber pistol from under the SUV.  Jones was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition as a result of his multiple prior felony convictions, including discharging a firearm into an occupied building, assault, manslaughter, possession of a controlled substance, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, and the 4th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Arrington prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Launched in 2001, the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.


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