Man sentenced to 60 months in prison for firearm possession

Published 7:01 am Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Darnell Jones, 29, of Austin was sentenced to 60 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony violent felon in possession of a firearm on Friday in Mower County District Court. He received credit for 186 days served.

A charge of felony violent felon in possession of firearm ammunition was dismissed as part of a plea agreement reached on Nov. 18.

Darnell Jones, 29

Judge Nancy Buytendorp issued the sentence.

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Jones was arrested on Sept. 7 after police received a call of shots fired in the 300 block of 11th Street Northwest in Austin. An individual waved down a police sergeant and informed him that an individual standing in the yard of a residence had a pistol.

The sergeant spotted Jones, who appeared to be on his cell phone, standing on the west side of a residence. He noticed the butt of a black handgun sticking out of Jones’s pants.

Officers confronted Jones, who refused to comply with their commands, claiming he had done nothing wrong. As Jones walked around the north side of the residence, officers saw him remove the firearm and toss it away from him. He continued to ignore police commands and was tased as he came around the east side of the residence.

Police searched and found a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun in a flower pot on the north side of the residence. Police later learned that a 2002 Volkswagen Passat at a nearby residence had multiple bullet holes in its side; a 9mm shell casing was found in the front yard.

Officers determined that no one was injured.

At the time of his arrest and subsequent conviction, Jones was on probation for two counts of felony fifth-degree drug possession and one count of gross misdemeanor user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. He received two concurrent sentences of 12 months and one day in prison for violating probation on the two felony convictions.