Jathan P.J. Alen Jones was convicted Thursday of fourth offense minor in possession, after he tried to avoid charges by blaming his brother.
Although Jones unsuccessfully tried to dupe the court, he ended up pleading guilty to the charge.
He was arrested June 22 and charged with failure to appear in court on the charge of minor in possession. In court, Jathan claimed that his brother Jonathan used his identity and should instead face the charge.
The two brothers had used each other’s identities to fool officials in the past, but this time Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull told Jathan that he and the County Attorney's office were aware that they have used mistaken identities, and it wasn’t going to work again.
After Jones’ guilty plea, Turnbull threatened to give him the maximum sentence. He noted Jones’ prior record, which dates back to 2007.
But the county attorney’s office had already agreed to a plea bargain, dropping a charge of failure to appear in exchange for a guilty plea to MIP, fourth offense.
Turnbull sentenced Jones to 30 days in the Lincoln County Jail. Jones received credit for 13 days he’s already served since his arrest.
When Jones was 15 in October 2007, he pled guilty to minor in possession. In November 2007 he pled guilty of shoplifting and criminal mischief, according to Lincoln County Court records.
In December 2007 he was again charged with and pled guilty to minor in possession.
In February 2008 he pled guilty to an attempted misdemeanor and was charged with minor in possession again in April 2009, court records show.