Criminal Justice News

Thursday, January 19, 2017

South Nashville Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison



NASHVILLE Tenn., January 18, 2017 – Reco Allen Jones a/k/a Bon Jovi, 29, of Nashville, Tenn., was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release, for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Jones pleaded guilty to these charges on September 27, 2016.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue our partnership with the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department and the ATF, as we direct resources aimed at reducing crime and improving the quality of life for our citizens who live in public housing areas,” said U.S. Attorney David Rivera. “The residents of these communities deserve to live in a place where it is safe for their children and we will continue to prosecute those who choose to commit federal crimes and endanger residents in and around these communities.”

According to the statement of facts, on May 11, 2015, officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department were working in the J.C. Napier public housing development, near Cameron Middle School, and attempted to stop the driver of an Acura SUV for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle fled from the officers and reached speeds near 100 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic. While being pursued, the driver threw a bag of cocaine out of the vehicle and then pulled into a parking lot, and discarded about $1,570 in cash. The driver was subsequently identified as Reco Jones and arrested.

Jones’ prior criminal record qualified him as a career offender under federal law. His prior convictions included two convictions for evading arrest by motor vehicle, as well as multiple felony drug convictions, and a conviction for aggravated assault. Jones was on state probation for his aggravated assault conviction as well as for a felony drug sale at the time he committed this crime.

Federal law includes substantial penalty enhancements for committing drug felonies in specially protected areas such as near schools, playgrounds, and public housing developments.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Gang Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sunny A.M. Koshy and Henry Leventis.

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Store Burglary



ATF, Citronelle Police Department and the Firearms Industry Seek the Public's Help in Citronelle Firearms Theft

Citronelle, Alabama — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Citronelle Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Rowell’s Sporting Goods, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

On Jan 17, 2017, Rowell’s Sporting Goods, 19655 N 3rd Street, was burglarized and approximately 16 firearms were reported stolen to the Citronelle Police Department. ATF industry operations investigators are in the process of conducting an inventory to determine the exact number of firearms stolen.

ATF is offering the reward in the amount of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $5,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the ATF at (800) ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867) or the Citronelle Police Department (251) 866-5527. Information can also be sent to ATF via the mobile app www.reportit.com (link is external) by using the Nashville field division as the location.

ATF, Firearms Industry Offers Reward in Olathe Firearms Theft



Olathe, Kansas — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward today for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Olathe Gun Shop, a federal firearms licensee located in Olathe.

ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $10,000.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 13, a person or persons burglarized the business located at 716 South Rogers Road, stealing several firearms. ATF, working with the Olathe Police Department is investigating the incident. Authorities are asking anyone that recognizes the late model red pickup truck or the individuals shown below to contact them.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATFGUNS (800-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov (link sends e-mail), or contact ATF through its website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips may also be submitted to ATF using the ReportIt® app, available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting www.reportit.com (link is external). All calls and tips will be kept confidential.

This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which the NSSF matches ATF rewards in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed retailers. ATF works closely with the members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.