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January 2, 2014

Man sentenced for burglary, using gun to threaten resident

CLINTON — A man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for entering a Clinton home and threatening the resident with a firearm.

District Court Judge Mark Smith ordered Shawn T. Jones, 21, to serve up to 25 years for first-degree burglary and up to 15 years for possession of a firearm as a felon, habitual offender. Jones pleaded guilty to both charges Nov. 21.

The charges come from an Aug. 6 incident when Jones and another person entered the residence of William Gomez, 1221 S. Ninth St., without permission and pushed him through a door and to the floor. The defendant's lawyer argued this attack stemmed from Jones' own drug problem, saying he had attempted to purchase drugs earlier in the day and was robbed by the residents of the home.

According to court documents, two men arrived at the residence and began fighting Jones and subduing him until police arrived. The other individual fled the scene.

Jones was taken to Mercy Medical Center North, where he told doctors and nurses that he was beaten with his own gun. He was arrested by Clinton police and initially gave officers the name Jason Monroe, which proved false when his fingerprints were sent to the FBI Special Processing Center.

The sentences will be served concurrently and Jones will be required to serve at least three years before he is eligible for parole. He will receive credit for time served in the Clinton County Jail.

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