Columbia, Mississippi. Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that on Friday, April 22, 2016, after a two day trial, a Marion County jury convicted Lonnie Scotty Jones, 47, of Columbia, Mississippi on the charges of Possession with the Intent to Sale or Transfer Synthetic Marijuana (Spice) within 1500 feet of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Child Endangerment. Jones is set to be sentenced by Judge Claiborne McDonald on May 2, 2016. Jones has been charged and found by the Court to be as a second and subsequent drug offender and a Habitual Offender. He is exposed to a twenty (20) year sentence on Possession with Intent and a ten (10) year sentence on Child Endangerment. As a Habitual Offender, Jones should be sentenced to the maximum term of imprisonment for each charge and the sentence should be served day for day. This case was worked by the Marion County Narcotics Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kim Harlin and Assistant District Attorney Morris Sweatt.
Kittrell says, “We are pleased with the conviction in this case and glad to remove this drug dealer from our community. Spice is a dangerous drug, especially here in Marion County, that puts the lives of all our children and citizens at risk. This case was especially egregious because a four year old child was being exposed to the Defendant’s drug activity. We will continue to charge endangerment when children are being exposed to drugs by their parents.”