Former Liberty man loses appeal for reduced prison sentence

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Sullivan County Courthouse.

MONTICELLO – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has upheld a Sullivan County Court ruling that increased the prison sentence of Clayton Jones.

Jones, now 48, pled guilty to a burglary charge in connection with a stolen vehicle. He was required to waive his right to appeal.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, he was to be sentenced as a second felony offender to two to four years in state prison.

The county court, however, told him that if he failed to comply with certain conditions, including that he not be charged with another crime prior to being sentenced, then it would not be bound to impose the agreed-upon sentence.

Prior to being sentenced, Jones was arrested and charged with additional crimes including burglary.

As a result, the court imposed a longer sentence of 3 ½ to seven years in prison.

Jones challenged that before the appellate division, which affirmed the county court’s ruling.