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Firearm incident draws prison term

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A Pulaski man will serve just over three years in prison for firing a gun during an altercation in the Thornspring area in August.

Under a plea agreement with the prosecution, Adam Wayne Jones, 28, was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison, with all but three years, two months suspended. The sentence exceeds state recommended guidelines by two months, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab.

Jones pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court Thursday to charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A third charge of attempted malicious wounding was dismissed with the option to re-file (nolle prosequi).

Schwab pointed out the charge of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony carries a mandatory minimum sentence to three years in prison. Jones also will be placed on five years probation upon release from prison.

During an earlier hearing in the case, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Travis Epes told Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. that Jones went to a Thornspring Church road home Aug. 14 and got into an altercation with a resident of house. During the incident, he said, Jones pulled out a gun and it discharged into a rain barrel.

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