A former Washington nightclub owner charged with operating a cocaine distribution ring who got a new trial following a Supreme Court verdict pleaded guilty May 1 and will spend 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Antoine Jones accepted a plea deal in federal court in Washington, and a judge approved the 15-year sentence. Jones, who has been in prison since 2005, will get credit for time already served. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Jones in a 2012 verdict involving GPS data used in his case.
Jones’ first trial ended in a mistrial in 2007, and he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in a subsequent trial. Jones was tried a third time after the U.S. Supreme Court found a problem with GPS tracking data used to link Jones to a stash house where authorities found nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine almost $1 million in cash. Police installed a tracking device on Jones' car without a warrant.
Jones’ third trial, in which he represented himself with help from attorneys, ended in a mistrial in March. Before the trial Jones rejected two deals that The Washington Post reported could have resulted in sentences of 15 to 22 years.
On May 1 he pleaded guilty to a single drug conspiracy count. He acknowledged in a statement that between 2003 and 2005 he conspired with others to distribute cocaine in Washington and Maryland.