Patriots CB Jack Jones Looks To Be Headed To Some Jail Time
When Jack Jones was arrested at Logan Airport carrying two loaded firearms through a security checkpoint without even having a license for firearms, it put his football career in serious jeopardy. It also may have jeopardized his freedom.
The fact that the firearms were loaded and had large capacity magazines in them makes the gun charges even more serious. In Massachusetts any magazine that holds more than ten rounds of ammunition is considered a large capacity magazine.
Jones broke so many laws that he is most likely facing at least 18-months in jail.
Even with a plea deal he is unlikely to walk on these charges without losing his freedom for a while.
Section 10. (a) Whoever, except as provided or exempted by statute, knowingly has in his possession; or knowingly has under his control in a vehicle; a firearm, loaded or unloaded, as defined in section one hundred and twenty-one of chapter one hundred and forty without either:
(1) being present in or on his residence or place of business; or
(2) having in effect a license to carry firearms issued under section one hundred and thirty-one of chapter one hundred and forty; or
(3) having in effect a license to carry firearms issued under section one hundred and thirty-one F of chapter one hundred and forty
(d) Whoever, after having been convicted of any of the offenses set forth in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) commits a like offense or any other of the said offenses, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than five years nor more than seven years.
Jones had two handguns in his luggage and is facing two counts of possessing a firearm without a license.
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) or (h), any person not exempted by statute who knowingly has in his possession, or knowingly has under his control in a vehicle, a large capacity weapon or large capacity feeding device therefor who does not possess a valid license to carry firearms issued under section 131 or 131F of chapter 140, except as permitted or otherwise provided under this section or chapter 140, shall be punished by imprisonment in a state prison for not less than two and one-half years nor more than ten years.
Jones had two large capacity magazines and is facing two counts for possessing them.
Whoever violates paragraph (a) or paragraph (c), by means of a loaded firearm, loaded sawed off shotgun or loaded machine gun shall be further punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years, which sentence shall begin from and after the expiration of the sentence for the violation of paragraph (a) or paragraph (c).
Jones had two loaded firearms, each with high capacity magazines and is facing two counts for that.
(b) Whoever occupies, or attempts to enter or occupy, a secure area of an airport or the cabin of an airplane, knowingly having in his possession or in his control and knowingly concealing, a cutting device or a prohibited weapon, notwithstanding any license to possess such a weapon or device, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Jones faces two counts of trying to enter a secured section of the airport with a firearm.
It's hard to imagine Jones getting through this without serving time behind bars, even with the consideration that he is a professional athlete and they seem to be treated more favorably than you or I when it comes to facing criminal charges.
Another strike against Jones is his prior arrest and conviction in 2018 for breaking into a Panda Express restaurant in Santa Paula, California and served 45 days of house arrest.
Even if he does somehow avoid jail time I would think the Patriots are planning on being without Jones for at least the first half of the 2024 season due to the punishment he will be facing by the league, which is probably at least eight games.