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Mark Jones: District Attorney in Georgia indicted on bribery

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District Attorney, Mark Jones, of six counties in west Georgia is indicted by a Muscogee County grand jury for nine felonies, including allegations he tried to bribe two of his own prosecutors for $1,000 each.

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Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones, who took office in January, is accused of attempting to sway a police officer’s testimony, giving bribes to prosecutors in his office, and attempting to sway and prevent a crime victim’s testimony.

Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Marion, Talbot, and Taylor counties are served by his office.

According to the indictment, Jones attempted to influence a police officer’s testimony during grand jury hearings in July.

According to the indictment, Jones promised a prosecutor in his office $1,000 in March in exchange for a murder conviction, and another prosecutor in his office $1,000 in exchange for falsely stating that a case was ready for trial when it wasn’t.

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“It is important for the citizens of Georgia to know that our office will not hesitate to enforce the rule of law, including when it involves the actions of a public official,” Attorney General Chris Carr said.

Jones faces two charges of oath violation by a public officer, two counts of attempted oath violation by a public officer, two counts of bribery, two counts of witness influencing, and one count of attempted subornation of perjury.

The nine offenses are all felonies.

Attempted violation of oath by a public officer carries a penalty of one year to 2 1/2 years in prison. And bribery carries a penalty of one to 20 years in prison.

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