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Joaquin Jones Sentenced

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Joaquin Jones Sentenced

Monday, May 7, 2018

District Attorney Matthew Van Houten announced today that Joaquin A. Jones, 26, of Ithaca, appeared in Tompkins County Court on Friday and was sentenced to a term of two to four (2 - 4) years in State Prison in connection with his conviction for the crimes of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm.  Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, the top charge, is a Class D Felony in New York State, punishable by up to seven years in prison. 

Ithaca Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the City of Ithaca on August 21, 2017 and found the defendant in possession of an unlicensed .38 Special firearm.

Jones was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in Tompkins County Court in 2013 for Robbery in the Third Degree.

Jones was convicted after a jury trial held on March 12, 2018.  Judge John C. Rowley presided over the case.

Van Houten said, “The Ithaca Police Department should be commended for the professionalism with which they handled the underlying call and their use of discretion in avoiding what could have been a dangerous interaction involving a firearm.  Our community is fortunate to have such highly trained and dedicated officers.”