In February 2016, a Seaside, Oregon police officer, Sergeant Goodding, was shot and killed when he tried to deliver a warrant. The shooter, Phil Ferry, was fired upon and killed by another officer. During the investigation of the crime, it was discovered that the gun used to kill Officer Gooding did not belong to Ferry but to 45-year-old Jamie Lee Jones. On Monday, Jones was been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.
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The scene unfolded at a known drug house. While Jones was sleeping, Ferry stole his guns and drugs, and a multi-agency investigation was later able to trace the weapon back. After recovering a cell phone used by Jones, police were able to piece the sequence of events together. Jones admitted to investigators that he knew Ferry and said the two were involved in a dispute over an alleged drug debt.
Jones was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for drug and firearm offenses. Jones had previously plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Under a plea deal, prosecutors previously dismissed two counts of threatening a witness with physical violence.
The prosecution focused on Jones’ extensive and violent criminal history that shows at least nine prior felony convictions over a twenty year period.
“It is maddening to know that criminals involved in drug trafficking and the illegal possession of firearms continue to present a danger to our communities,” Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, said. “It is our sincere hope that this sentence will offer some measure of justice – albeit small – to Sergeant Goodding’s family and the Seaside community.”