BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 38 years in federal prison for carjacking an East Baton Rouge Parish School System school bus driver.
On April 14, 2014, just after 6 a.m., Jock R. Jones, 38, attacked an East Baton Rouge Parish School System bus driver outside her home and, at gunpoint, forced the woman to drive her school bus from her home to his home on Billops Street, which is located roughly one block from Capitol Elementary.
While forcing the woman onto the bus, Jones pointed his gun at the woman's two children and threatened to kill them if they called the police.
Police were notified about the incident and were able to locate the bus at Jones' home. Investigators said when officers arrived at the home, Jones released the woman, but he remained inside.
Capitol Elementary was notified about the incident and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.
Jones surrendered to police shortly after 9 a.m.
On June 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, and went to trial on the other two counts. The judge found him guilty of the other counts.
Today, Thursday, August 20, 2015, Jones was sentenced to serve a total of 384 months and sentenced to pay $540 restitution to the victim of the carjacking, a $300 special assessment, 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 sentence 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."