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Former ASU CB Jack Jones gets charges dropped ahead of Week One of NFL season

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The Suffolk County (MA) DA has reportedly dropped multiple firearm possession charges against former Arizona State and current New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones ahead of the Patriots’ season opener on Sunday, as first reported by Mass Live News’ Chris Mason. 

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In the article, Mason states: “The Patriots cornerback moved his court date up to Tuesday morning and agreed to a deal in Boston Municipal Court. In exchange for a nolle prosequi — a formal document where prosecutors drop charges — Jones agreed to one year of pre-trial probation and 48 hours of community service.”

Back in June, Jones tried to bring two loaded guns onto a plane. He was arrested and subsequently booked on multiple charges.

Jones was charged with two counts each of: possession of a concealed weapon in a secure area of an airport, possession of ammunition without a Firearm Identification Card, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a large-capacity feeding device.

In the article, Mason writes the DA’s reasoning for dropping the charges, which were stated in the nolle prosequi.

“The Commonwealth states that consistent with its standard of review in all cases, it has thoroughly reviewed all the evidence in this case and determined that it cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Jones had knowledge that he possessed the firearms in his bag at the time of the incident,” the DA said in a court filing. “In addition, pursuant to M.G.L. Section 140 Chapter 129C(j), Those exempt from having a firearm identification card include ‘any resident of the commonwealth returning after having been absent from the commonwealth for not less than 180 consecutive days or any new resident moving into the commonwealth, with respect to any firearm, rifle, or shotgun and any ammunition there then in his possession, for 60 days after such return or entry into the commonwealth.’

“The Commonwealth has been provided documentation and verified that Mr. Jones purchased both firearms lawfully in the state of Arizona and has taken steps to become a lawful gun owner in the state of Massachusetts within this 60-day period.”

Jones was selected in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Patriots after he accumulated 42 tackles (2.5 for loss), a strip sack and a team-leading three interceptions in his final year at ASU.

He put together an impressive rookie campaign for New England, in which he recorded 30 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in 13 games, and became arguably the Patriots’ best cornerback. However, his season ended early due to a suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The NFL could still suspend under its personal conduct policy, but this is good news for the 25-year-old just before the season begins. The Patriots take on the Eagles at home in Week One.

Former ASU and current Patriot CB Jack Jones arrested in Boston for trying to bring guns onto plane

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Brendan Mau is a Phoenix Suns insider and college sports reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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