Felon who tried to kill partner with ricin spray sentenced to 10 years in prison

ORLANDO, FL – Kevin Dean Jones, 50, of Kissimmee, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to kill his partner with ricin.

Federal authorities alleged Jones manufactured the ricin after ordering the ingredients and items to produce the deadly toxin from the internet.

His plan was to fill a water pistol with the toxic solution and spray it in his partner’s face during their vacation.

“On December 17, 2021, law enforcement officers learned that Jones intended to travel to another state, where his former partner lived,” the DOJ said. “Officers stopped Jones, and he admitted to manufacturing ricin. Officers found a plastic water gun in Jones’s truck, as well as five tubes filled with liquids that later tested positive for ricin. A search of Jones’s residence revealed additional tubes containing ricin, along with castor beans, documents pertaining to ricin, and approximately 200 rounds of various types of ammunition.”

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Jones was a convicted felon prior to the incident.

“This investigation demonstrates the strength of our law enforcement partnerships and the determination of the special agents and officers who risk their lives every day to rid our communities of dangerous individuals like Mr. Jones,” said FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge David Walker.

“We appreciate the efforts of our partners in federal law enforcement for helping to bring Mr. Jones to justice,” said Sheriff Marcos Lopez. “He is a dangerous individual who put not only the victim, but the community at risk. He deserves to be in prison for a long time.”