Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tennessee: Misty Jones and Okey Jones plead guilty to leaving cats locked in hot Uhaul for 2 weeks during the summer

TENNESSEE -- Okey Floyd Jones, 39, has entered pleas in Harrison County Magistrate Court to five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count of misdemeanor being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Magistrate Marple sentenced Jones to a total of 90 days in jail. Jones also now is precluded from any possession of animals for five years, until January of 2022.

The plea agreement was arranged by Assistant Prosecutor John Lanham and defense attorney Jonathan Fittro. In return for the guilty pleas from Jones, Lanham dismissed six counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Jones and Misty Dawn Jones, 37, of Clarksburg, kept 11 cats inside a roasting-hot, feces- and urine-coated rental truck from Aug. 23 through Sept. 9, Clarksburg Patrol Officer Laura McGlone had alleged.

All cats showed signs of respiratory illness, McGlone had alleged.

Ms. Jones previously pleaded guilty to five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. A five-day jail term was imposed, but suspended for 6 months of probation.

Assistant Prosecutor Matt Hickman also was involved in presenting the investigation against the Joneses.

(The Exponent Telegram - Jan 13, 2017)