|Jimmy Watson Jones|
By Anny Sivilay
A rape case going back to late 2006 wrapped last week, when LeFlore County District Judge Jon Sullivan formally sentenced retired Arkoma police officer and former Moffett police chief, Jimmy Watson Jones to 30 years in prison for raping a child. The sentencing followed the recommendation of the jury who found Jones guilty after a three day trial that was held in June.
Jones, 65, of Arkoma was charged of rape by instrumentation of a preteen girl between Oct. 2006 and Feb. 2007. Jones has repeatedly denied any sexual contact with the child or having had any sexual contact or inappropriate touching of the two witnesses, who are now adults.
At the time of the crime Jones had reportedly already retired from law enforcement, having served with the Arkoma Police Department from 1983-85, a Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department reserve officer and jailer from 1985-89, and then Moffett police chief from 1991-95.
A trial in May ended in a mistrial when a witness reportedly spoke about a matter the judge had previously excluded from the record.
Jones will have to serve 85 percent of his 30-year sentencing in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections before becoming eligible for parole, equating to 25 and half years, and a fine of $10,000.
Judge Sullivan ordered Jones to post-sentence supervision of 4 and half years or the remainder of his sentence, whichever is shorter, per the suggestion of Margaret Nicholas, Assistant District Attorney, and attorney Rob Cowan, Oklahoma Indigent Defense System.
Jones was also ordered to compensate the victim with $250, another $250 to cover cost of his pre-sentencing investigation, and $1,000 for the OIDS representation and court costs.
Judge Sullivan informed Jones his duty and restrictions upon being release from prison, which is to register as a sex offender and the restrictions placed on regarding his places of residence.