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Jason Jones was sentenced to a mandatory 20 year prison term
August 11, 2006
Press Release For Immediate Release August 11, 2005

(Hamilton, Ohio) Today, Defendant Jason Jones was sentenced to a mandatory 20 year prison term. In additional to his sentence, Jones was ordered to forfeit his interest in his West Chester residence, valued over $200,000, $50,000 in cash, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, a 2003 motorcycle, 1987 boat, 1998 Dodge Durango, 1993 Chevy Suburban and a 1967 olds.

In early July, in the middle of his trial, rather than continue to face a jury at his trial Jones, a 33-year old West Chester man, opted to enter into a guilty as charged to one count of Possession of Marijuana, a 2nd degree felony, Trafficking in Marijuana, a 1st degree Felony which includes 9 Specifications, three counts of Weapons Under Disability, all 3rd degree felonies, Permitting Drug Abuse, a 5th degree felony and Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a 1st degree felony.

The charges resulted when West Chester Police executed a search of Jones’ residence and discovered 413 lbs. of marijuana. Jones shared the residence with his girlfriend, Sheila Marshall, and their minor children. Previously police were looking for Jones, who was wanted for questioning in regard to a shooting in Springfield Township, Hamilton County. The shooting resulted in the death of 18-year old, Junis Sublett, who was shot and killed when a drug transaction went bad.

Jones is already serving an 8-year sentence for involvement in the shooting of Sublett and will serve his mandatory 20 year sentence consecutive to the 8 year sentence.

Prosecutor Piper made the following comments regarding Jones’ sentencing:

“The assets we confiscated are proportionate to the ongoing criminal enterprise that Jones had been operating. He’s been making money from peddling drugs for years and went undetected until he involved himself in a shooting, which was a drug deal gone bad. The West Chester Police Department can use the proceeds, dedicating it to future drug investigation, along with drug awareness and education programs. We can’t allow dealing drugs to be a profitable enterprise. These drugs corrupt our youth and then our communities. The cancer must be stopped and the forfeiture of all of his assets makes it clear - we mean business in our war against drugs and this battle was a significant victory. The West Chester Police Department performed an excellent and thorough investigation and the defendant’s guilt on all of these charges is extremely overwhelming. Jones’ pattern of corrupt activity was extensive and he has previous felony convictions for drugs, so the 20 year sentence is not surprising. From the homicide in Hamilton County, we can see that Jones’ drug dealing led to the death of an 18-year old, therefore, the sentences were appropriately run consecutive. ”

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