Man convicted of carjacking an East Baton Rouge Parish School System bus

Man convicted of carjacking an East Baton Rouge Parish School System bus

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of taking a school bus driver hostage at gunpoint and then barricading himself in a house in April 2014 has been convicted of his crimes, according to the Louisiana District Attorney's Office.

Jock Jones, 37, was found guilty of carjacking, using a firearm during the carjacking, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

During the trial, the evidence showed that on April 14, 2014, Jones attacked an East Baton Rouge Parish School System bus driver outside of her home before she left for her route, at gunpoint, and forced the woman to drive her school bus from her home to another location. While forcing the woman onto the bus, Jones pointed the gun at the woman's two children and threatened to kill them if they call the police.

According to witnesses, Jones pulled out a handgun, forced the woman onto the bus and reportedly demand she drive them to his home on Billops Street.

Investigators said when officers arrived at the home, Jones released the woman, but he remained inside until he surrendered later in the morning.

On July 24, 2014, Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carjacking, and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

On February 2, 2015, Jones entered a plea of guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On February 23, Jones went to trial on the remaining two counts, and the court found him guilty of both.

Jones' sentencing date has not been set, but he now faces a substantial term of imprisonment as a result of his convictions for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carjacking, which will be followed by a mandatory, consecutive sentence of an additional seven years for using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Jones may also be sentenced to pay significant fines and to forfeit all property involved or used in the commission of the crimes.

U.S. Attorney Green stated: "This defendant, and other violent felons, undermine the safety of our communities and must be held accountable. Today's verdict does just that. Our communities are now safer without this defendant on the streets. I greatly appreciate the work of the prosecutors, the ATF, and the Baton Rouge Police Department on this important matter."

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