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Melvin Jones III Sentenced to Three Years in Jail on Drug, Assault Charges

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Melvin Jones III has pleaded guilty to drug and assault charges and will continue to spend time behind bars.

Wednesday, Jones pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery, which stemmed from a domestic dispute earlier this summer.

Jones was sentenced to 3 years in jail on the drug charges, but will receive 464 days credit for time served prior to Wednesday’s court hearing.

After that sentence is up, he will serve another year on the assault and battery charge.

Once released, he will serve on year probation with conditions that he have no drugs and alcohol, be subject to random drug and alcohol testing, attend batterers counseling or an anger management counseling.

Jones gained notoriety back in 2009 when an amateur video surfaced of him being assaulted during a traffic stop by former Springfield Police Officer Jeffrey Asher.

After the incident, Asher retired from the force, and was sentenced in March to 18 months in jail on two assault charges stemming from the incident.

In August, Jones reached a $575 settlement with the City of Springfield over the assault.


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