A Florida man has been convicted of kidnapping, and two felon in possession of a firearm charges, after a three-day trial in Fort Pierce.
According to officials, on August 14, 2022, Marques Deon Jones, 41, of Orange County, pistol-whipped his girlfriend, an employee of a Port St. Lucie group home located near SE Walton Road, and forced her to leave with him in her vehicle.
A group home supervisor, who witnessed the kidnapping, notified Port St. Lucie Police Department, who was able to identify Jones.
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The following day the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located Jones outside a private residence in Fort Pierce and arrested him. During the trial, witnesses testified that as task force officers approached Jones, he retrieved a firearm from a parked car and attempted to flee.
The jury watched footage from a body-worn camera showing Jones admitting that he retrieved the firearm because he wanted officers to shoot and kill him.
Jones is scheduled for sentencing on October 2 before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Cohn. He faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.
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