A rather colorful campaign last year led to him being voted on as district attorney. After a brief stint in office, today he finds himself on the opposite side of the courtroom, where he is generally governed.
Mark Jones, a 40-year-old attorney who was criminally charged in January with videotaping supporters making donuts around him in a stadium parking lot, appears to be in trouble again.
This time, Jones is accused of trying to influence the testimony of a policeman in a murder trial, offering bribes to prosecutors in his office, and trying to influence the testimony of a crime victim.
According to his indictment, Jones allegedly tried on July 7 to influence the testimony of Columbus Police Corporal Sherman Hayes in an upcoming trial for the shooting death of 18-year-old Sara Holtrop.
The multiple causes of the abuse of power, bribery, destruction of property, and fraud carried out by Jones in his office are too obvious to turn a blind eye.
Last August, in a Muscogee County court, Special Judge Appointed Jeffery Monroe set the stage for the trial against the district attorney, in which a $90,000 bond was set and he can face up to 6 years in jail.
“It is important for the citizens of Georgia to know that our office will not hesitate to enforce the rule of law, even when it comes to the actions of a public official,” Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement announcing the charges.
According to Jones’ attorney in the case, there is a plea deal on the table for the self-proclaimed “People’s District Attorney,” but he does not plan to accept it.
“He is not going to take a bogus case deal. He could keep his job and it would not affect his ability to practice law. Now that we are getting closer to the jury, they may suddenly want to see if people will take a misdemeanor to stop the case”, his attorney said.
It is not the first time that this peculiar district attorney has tried to bend justice in his favor.
In 2019, Jones was criminally charged with drunk driving. In 2015, he was also arrested and charged with DUI, according to WRLB.
He pleaded guilty to that charge in November 2019. That case is still pending.