Weapon charges against Patriots player Jack Jones have been dropped in a plea deal with prosecutors
Mike ReeseESPN staff writer2 minutes read
FOXBORO, Mass. — Gun charges against Jack Jones of the New England Patriots were dismissed Tuesday in exchange for his agreement to serve one year of pre-trial probation and 48 hours of community service on other charges, according to court documents.
Jones was arrested on June 16 after authorities at Boston’s Logan Airport said they found a box of two Glock rifles and ammunition inside a suitcase with Jones’ name on it. He was charged with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. He was also charged with two counts of violating airport security and possessing a concealed weapon in a secure area at the airport. Jones has pleaded not guilty.
The agreement was reached during a hearing Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court, where the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office dropped the weapons charges and Jones received probation and community service for the security breach. Community service will consist of outreach and education to youth and community organizations about firearm safety.
Prosecutors explained the decision in their file, saying: “It cannot be established beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Jones was aware that he had the firearms in his bag at the time of the incident.”
In addition, they noted that those who required a firearm ID card were exempt and were “provided with documentation and verification that Mr. Jones legally purchased both firearms in Arizona and took steps to become a legal owner of the gun in Massachusetts.” within the prescribed 60-day period.
“Jack is grateful for the resolution of this case and is looking forward to playing soccer on Sunday,” Jones’ attorney, Rosemary Scapicchio, told ESPN in a statement.
Jones, 25, said on Aug. 23 in his final interview with reporters that his plan was to “focus on football and let the outside be the outside, and worry about that on the outside. … I wish I could be.” Available (Week 1).”
The NFL can still review Jones’ condition under its Personal Conduct Policy.
The Patriots host the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and Jones plans to be a backup if those ahead of him on the depth chart are healthy.
Information from the Associated Press is used in this report.