WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Washington nightclub owner charged with operating a cocaine distribution ring who got a new trial following a Supreme Court verdict pleaded guilty Wednesday and will spend 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Antoine Jones accepted a plea deal Wednesday in federal court in Washington, and a judge approved the 15-year sentence. Jones, who has been in prison since 2005, will get credit for time already served. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Jones in a 2012 verdict involving GPS data used in his case.
Jones' first trial ended in a mistrial in 2007, and he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in a subsequent trial. Jones was tried a third time after the U.S. Supreme Court found a problem with GPS tracking data used to link Jones to a stash house where authorities found nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine almost $1 million in cash. Police installed a tracking device on Jones' car without a warrant.
Jones' third trial, in which he represented himself with help from attorneys, ended in a mistrial in March. Before the trial Jones rejected two deals that The Washington Post reported could have resulted in sentences of 15 to 22 years.
On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to a single drug conspiracy count. He acknowledged in a statement that between 2003 and 2005 he conspired with others to distribute cocaine in Washington and Maryland.