PAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Thomas (Tre) Jones III, 22, from Larned, was sentenced Thursday for his involvement in shooting two individuals in Burdett in December 11, 2020.
According to a plea agreement, Jones entered guilty pleas on May 12, 2021, to two counts of intentional aggravated battery with a firearm resulting in great bodily harm.
The two victims made full recoveries, but the crimes carried presumptive prison sentences since a firearm was used.
Jones was sentenced to 38 months on each count. He will receive credit for time served in jail towards his sentence.
Jones is ordered to pay restitution and register as a violent offender for 15 years after his release from prison.
According to evidence provided by Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett, on December 11, 2020, Jones, then 18-year-old Tristan Scott and two juveniles traveled to Burdett intending to rob an individual the group perceived had wronged them. Once they encountered the intended victim, Jones opened fire with a shotgun striking both the intended target and another individual outside the residence without warning.
On December 23, 2020, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation arrested the four suspects without incident.
Jones had originally been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery, conspiracy to committed aggravated robbery, two felony counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct by encouraging the committing of a felony, two counts of felony aggravated endangering a child and felony Inference with law enforcement, to wit: concealing of evidence.
On June 30, 2021, co-defendant Tristan Scott plead no contest to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, a severity level 5 person felony.
He is scheduled for sentencing on August 23, 2021. At the time of sentencing, pursuant to the plea agreement, the parties will recommend Jones also be sentenced to 38 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The two juveniles have also already entered pleas for their involvement.