Drugs and gun charges net prison term


BATAVIA — Darius L. Jones has had nine charges placed against him since he was allowed to remain free pending sentencing after pleading guilty to drug and gun charges in January.

He won’t be committing any more crimes for the time being in Genesee County, as he was finally sentenced Tuesday in Genesee County Court.

Jones, 28, of Batavia was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in state prison during a virtual sentencing in County Court.

Judge Charles Zambito sentenced Jones to 2 1/2 years for dealing drugs and another five years for criminal possession of a weapon. That sentence was agreed upon when Jones took a plea deal in January.

At that time, Jones was allowed to remain free pending sentencing, which had been set for April. That sentencing never happened as COVID-19 put courts on pause.

While free, Jones was arrested twice, charges that could have negated the plea deal offered in January.

“We asked for more prison time based on the most recent charges,” First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Finnell said. “The judge decided to stick to the original plea deal.”

Finnell said he will be seeking more prison time for Jones if he is found guilty of the most recent charges.

Jones was arrested in June after an investigation revealed he was continuing to sell drugs. He also was charged with felony criminal mischief, harassment, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal trespass and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, charges that stemmed from an investigation into a domestic violence incident.

Further investigation revealed that in May, Jones attacked a woman at a house on Summit Street. He was charged with felony criminal mischief, harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing.

Those charges have yet to be presented to a grand jury.

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