Felon handed 9-year federal prison sentence

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A man with an apparent propensity for violence was sentenced this month to nine years in prison for possessing a firearm after a prior felony conviction.

Derek Michael Jones, 38, of Oklahoma City, was indicted by a Western District of Oklahoma federal grand jury in August 2019 following his arrest in May 2019 by Oklahoma City police.

According to statements made at sentencing, Jones fired a .25-caliber pistol at two men after they confronted him about a domestic violence incident. Jones pleaded guilty in 2012 in Oklahoma County District Court to a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, court records show.

In imposing the stiff sentence, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said he considered the fact that Jones fired five shots at the two men who confronted him, and that he has four prior domestic violence convictions.

Jones initially was named in three criminal charges filed in Oklahoma County District Court in May 2019, but last September the state charges were dismissed and the case was removed to federal district court “without objection by the defendant,” records reflect.