Good question, ain’t it?
Many of our readers are familiar with the well-chronicled confrontation between the DJT and career criminal Anthony Demon Jones. To recap, Jones is the piece of excrement we caught breaking into our office in downtown Jackson. We took Jones into custody and turned him over to JPD for disposal.
We then trusted the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office to do its job and lock this animal away for good. This trust was misplaced.
At the time of our burglary, Jones was under indictment (and out on bond) for a felony auto burglary he committed on February 18, 2011. At the time Jones committed that auto burglary, he was already under indictment for yet another auto burglary he committed on August 16, 2010.
That’s quite an impressive feat by Mr. Jones. Somehow, Jones was released on bond after he committed the second auto burglary, even though he committed the crime while already under indictment for another felony crime. Jones therefore was not entitled to bond on the second auto burglary. But, mysteriously, he got one.
This means that at the time he burglarized our office, Jones should have been in jail without bond. But since the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office sat on its ass and failed to do its job, Jones was out committing more felony crimes. Of course, had the District Attorney done his job, we would have never encountered Anthony Demon Jones.
These facts, standing alone, should have been enough to throw the book at Jones. But setting aside his out-on-bond crime spree, Jones’ prior criminal record
According to the District Attorney’s own records, Anthony Demon Jones has previously been convicted of the following felony crimes:
Burglary (Hinds Circuit No. T-0531)
Business Burglary (Hinds Circuit No. A-0224)
Receiving Stolen Goods (Hinds Circuit No. 08-0-563)
Vehicle Burglary (Hinds Circuit No. 04-1-326)
Possession of Cocaine (Hinds Circuit No. 99-1-266)
Aggravated Assault (Hinds Circuit No. 93-2-367)
House Burglary (Hinds Circuit No. 92-4-448)
Business Burglary (Hinds Circuit No. 97-17-33)
Strong-Arm Robbery (Hinds Circuit No. T-0104)
Burglary (Hinds Circuit No. 01-0-844)
Folks, these are felony convictions, not mere arrests.
Under the law, Anthony Demon Jones is what is called a "violent habitual offender." This means that the law provided for a mandatory minimum life sentence if Jones was convicted of any one of the felony counts against him. The Hinds County District Attorney was well-aware of Jones’ record, as they listed these prior convictions in his indictments:
Anthony Demon Jones Indictments
Considering all these facts, there was never a more appropriate candidate for a life sentence as a habitual offender. Jones is precisely the kind of incorrigible, dangerous animal that the Legislature had in mind when it enacted the habitual offender law.
The Hinds County DA initially indicted Jones as a habitual offender. However, after the dust settled from Jones’ foray into our office, the District Attorney inexplicably cut Jones a mind-boggling sweetheart deal.
On March 7, 2011, Jones appeared in the Circuit Court of Hinds County and entered guilty pleas to all three felony indictments. Rather than protect the public from this dangerous 10-time violent criminal, the Hinds County District Attorney dropped the habitual offender portion of the indictments. Before everyone asks "WTF?," wait, it gets better. The DA then made a recommendation that Jones be sentenced to 7 years, with 2 years suspended, and 5 years to serve on each indictment, with all sentences to run concurrent. This means that Jones was sentenced to a total of 5 years for his crime spree. But again, it gets better. Because the DA’s office dropped the habitual offender part of the indictment, Jones will be eligible for a number of early release programs. To round out the insult, Jones got credit for time served since last August.
The net effect of the DA’s wanton and reckless actions is that Anthony Demon Jones will be back on the streets in no time, rehabilitating himself by stealing your shit.
See Jones' Sentencing Orders; Jones Petition to Plead Guilty
With results like this, is it any wonder Hinds County is a cesspool for crime? What on Earth would possess the District Attorney to to essentially turn this violent sociopath loose on the citizens of this county, when he could have easily ended Jones’ criminal career permanently?
Why was Jones given bond on the second auto burglary, when he was already under indictment on the first one? Why did the DA not move to have the bond revoked after the second auto burglary as provided by law?
Something doesn’t add up. There is no jurisdiction in the English-speaking world that would give Jones this kind of pass.
So what’s going on here?
We searched long and hard to find a case anywhere in the United States where a prosecutor had extended such mercy to a defendant under similar facts. Ironically, the only case we could find involved this very same District Attorney and a violent, notorious drug dealer named Sean Antonio King. The ironic part is that Sean Antonio King was Jones’ employer at the time he burglarized our office.
As we’ve written before, Sean Antonio King is the operator of the Locker Room, a thug bar located half a block down from the King Ed. Jones was working at the Locker Room at the time of the burglary, although it is unclear exactly what his job duties entailed.
Sean Antonio King is himself a violent habitual offender and known drug dealer. During the Peterson administration, Sean Antonio King was a suspect in at least 2 separate drug-related murders. King was arrested and charged with both murders. Ms. Peterson proceeded to trial on one of the murder cases. King was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Due to errors by the trial court, an appellate court reversed his murder conviction. Even though the Court reversed the conviction, the appellate court did not turn King loose. Instead, they remanded the case to Hinds County and ordered that King be re-tried for murder.
By this time, the current DA had assumed office. In yet another shocking plea deal, the DA allowed Sean Antonio King to plead guilty to manslaughter, and recommended a sentence of TIME SERVED.
The District Attorney turned Sean Antonio King, a convicted killer loose upon the public. King subsequently opened the (cash-based) Locker Room thug bar, using his thugette wife (also a convicted felon) to obtain alcohol licenses from the City of Jackson.
Deals like this are unheard of in the annals of American justice. It is highly unlikely that any DA would offer this type of sweetheart deal to any violent career criminal. It is damn near a certainty that no honest DA would offer these types of deals to TWO violent criminals, both of whom just happen to be associated with the same business enterprise.
So, we ask again, what would motivate a prosecutor to recklessly endanger public safety by turning not one, but two, dangerous criminals loose upon the public? Do these deals have something to do with King's and Jones' occupation, or are they just mere coincidences and statistical anomolies?
No criminal justice system can be considered legitimate with these results. The fact is that the District Attorney made an ass out of the criminal justice system with his handling of these two cases. These cases are proof positive that Hinds County's "justice" system is a joke. And career criminals like Sean Antonio King and Anthony Demon Jones know it.
If you live in Hinds County and are looking for justice, move to Madison. In Hinds County, you won't find justice at the courthouse. Around here, justice is 7.62 milimeters in diameter and comes from the bayonet-end of a rifle. The law-abiding citizens' only hope is to kill the criminal before the criminal kills him. Short of that, Hinds County citizens are out of luck. The citizens of Hinds County, and Jackson in particular, should expect exactly what they are getting from our criminal justice system: not a damn thing.
In the words of Mike Gundy, it makes me want to puke; that's all I've got to say.