LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Michigan (FOX 2) – State legislator Jewell Jones was sentenced to two years probation, 100 hours of community service and credit for time served following his guilty plea to state driving of drunkenness and resisting charges of arrest.
During the hearing, Jones credits Judge Michael Hatty for “maintaining the integrity to rule on the things that have been presented to you.
The sentencing of Inkster’s Livingston County representative was the latest chapter in a series of court cases, bail violations and additional charges that began in early April last year when he drove drunk on I-96.
Jones spent 61 days in jail for breaching bail in 2021.
He pleaded guilty to charges of drunk driving, reckless driving, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm while intoxicated in February.
Ahead of the judge’s ruling, the prosecution read statements from two people who saw Jones drive on April 6, 2021. A man who observed a vehicle veering onto the freeway and driving erratically asked his daughter to call 911. Another woman who saw Jones drive also called 911.
Both remained by Jones’ vehicle when an ambulance arrived on the scene.
The prosecutor also said that despite Jones’ guilty plea, she did not believe he had not learned his lesson. “As the person who writes our laws, he shouldn’t be above those laws,” she said. She also cited his social media activity during his bail violations as evidence that he had not accepted responsibility.
Hatty told Jones he believed much of his behavior during the April 6 incident was due to his intoxication. “Alcohol is not your friend,” he said.
He also told Jones that he had disrespected the officers who pulled him over during the traffic stop.
Additionally, the deal allows Inkster’s rep to reduce his felony charges to dismissals if he completes a youth sentencing program.