Last defendant in drug ring given more than 4 years
The final defendant in a drug conspiracy that covered several South Carolina counties has been sentenced, despite attempting to withdraw a previous guilty plea.
After being adjudicated to have significant mental and physical disabilities, Venson T. Jones, 30, has been sentenced to serve 51 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams of crack cocaine.
Jones is the last of 14 defendants to be sentenced as a contributor to a conspiracy that ran drugs from Atlanta and through Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell and Hampton counties in South Carolina.
Set to be sentenced in November, Jones decided that he was going to change his attorney and attempt to withdraw a previously signed-under-oath guilty plea.
Jones has been recommended to serve his term at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. This facility houses inmates of all security levels with health issues. It is the largest medical and psychological facility in the federal prison system and includes drug treatment programs.