February 28, 2024

Meridian Man Pleads Guilty to Escaping from Federal Re-Entry Center

Therese Apel

A Meridian man pleaded guilty today to escaping from a federal facility.

According to court documents and facts admitted by the defendant in open court, Timothy Louis Jones, Jr., 36, escaped the Bureau of Prisons residential re-entry center at which he was confined.  Jones was permitted to leave the facility in the morning to go to work but was required to return to the facility each evening immediately after work.  In November 2023, Jones went to work but never returned to the facility despite repeated calls from staff at the facility.  Jones was eventually taken into custody in Alabama by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Such conduct is prohibited by federal law.

Jones will be sentenced on May 7, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee and U.S. Marshal Mark B. Shepherd made the announcement. The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham is prosecuting the case.

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