Columbia, Mississippi. Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that Lonnie Scotty Jones of Columbia, Mississippi, was convicted at trial 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 on April 22, 2016, and was sentenced May 2, 2016, by Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald, IV, as a Second and Subsequent Drug Offender and a Habitual Offender to the maximum penalty provided for each charge. Jones was sentenced to twenty (20) years on the Possession with Intent and ten (10) years on the Child Endangerment. Each sentence is to run consecutive to one another for a total thirty (30) years. As a Habitual Offender, Jones’s sentence is served day for day without the possibility of parole. Jones has two prior felony convictions from California: Furnish/Transfer of Marijuana in July 1995, and Receiving Stolen Property in February 2003.   This case was investigated 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 outcome and sentence in this case. Repeat offenders, such as Lonnie Jones, pose a threat to the safety and well being of our community.”