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Jones County man sentenced to 20 years for various drug, weapon charges

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A Jones County man who was on the run from police for a few months back in 2013 will now serve 15 years in prison.

Ralston “Roscoe” Sinclair Keyes was sentenced Thursday to 20 years, 5 with post-release supervision.

According to the Jones County District Attorney's Office, Keyes had several charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Keyes was arrested March 2013 after out-of-towners at a Laurel hotel reported a strange smell coming from a room. Police said Keyes along with another man were cooking and bagging illegal drugs in their hotel room.

A few months later in October, Jones County Crime Stoppers reported that they needed help finding him.

It was later in December that Jones County deputies said they came across Keyes, who then led them on a brief car chase before he escaped into a wooded area. Keyes was wanted at the time for various drug and weapon charges including kidnapping and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

On December 13, Keyes was arrested at a Gulfport casino hotel and was transported back to Jones County jail. At that time police said he was also a suspect in a drive-by shooting and armed robbery.

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