Appeals Court Upholds Columbus Man's Sentence

The Mississippi Court of Appeals upholds a Columbus man's sentence.

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 7:56 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2018 8:04 PM

JACKSON, Miss.  (WTVA) -- A Columbus man will serve his thirty-two year sentence.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals denied rehearing Joel Jones,27, aggravated assault case.

Jones was convicted by a Lowndes County jury of two counts of aggravated assault for shooting two men during the Summer of 2012.

Court documents show Jones shot Zach Johnson and Tomarcus Thomas following a fight on Ash Street.

Johnson was permanently blinded after being shot in the face with a shotgun. 

Thomas, who was near Johnson when the shotgun was fired, was injured after a pellet from the shotgun hit him in his upper lip.

Jones claims someone else shot the men and that the trial judge erred with a jury instruction along with other instructions.

The Court of Appeals denied a rehearing of Jones' case on January 9 because last year they ruled the trial court made no mistakes.

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