Smyrna Man Found Guilty At Trial Faces Judge Again, Gets 46 Years

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A Smyrna man convicted of several charges in connection to his firing a gun and damaging a car while looking for his ex-girlfriend was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison.

In September 2018, Anthony Jones kidnapped two individuals at gunpoint and took them to a home in Marydel looking for his ex. When Jones didn’t find her, he fired a shot that struck her camper. Jones then traveled to Felton, and unlawfully entered his ex’s home, and when he realized she was not there, he ordered one of the kidnapped victims to smash the windows and slash the tires of a car in the driveway.

Jones was arrested a short time late after a traffic stop during which police for a loaded .45 caliber gun in the car. In March 2019, a Superior Court jury convicted Jones of 6 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Reckless Endangering First Degree, 2 counts of Aggravated Menacing, Conspiracy Second Degree, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief, 2 counts of Kidnapping Second Degree, Burglary Second Degree, and Coercion.

Following that conviction, a judge found Jones guilty of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited in a bench trial. The judge sentenced Jones, barred from having a gun because of previous drug convictions, to 46 years in prison, followed by 1 year of work release then 1 year of probation.

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A Superior Court jury found a Smyrna man guilty of several charges including the kidnapping of two people.

Anthony Jones, 44, of Smyrna, was found guilty of 6 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Reckless Endangering First Degree, 2 counts of Aggravated Menacing, Conspiracy Second Degree, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief, 2 counts of Kidnapping Second Degree, Burglary Second Degree, and Coercion.

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, at approximately 1:17 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to the 300 block of Grygo Road in Marydel for a shots fired complaint.

During their investigation,


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