Jury convicts Columbia man on possession, child endangerment charges

Jury convicts Columbia man on possession, child endangerment charges
A South Mississippi grand jury indicted four Pine Belt residents for their alleged roles in a multi-million dollar scheme. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - After a two day trial, a Columbia man has been convicted after he was charged with selling spice within 1500 feet of a church.

Hal Kittrell announced that Lonnie Scotty Jones was convicted on the charges of possession with intent to sale or transfer synthetic marijuana within 1500 feet of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and child endangerment.

Jones will be sentenced by Judge Claiborne McDonald on May 2 and is exposed to a 20 year sentence on the possession charge and a 10 year sentence on the child endangerment charge.

This case was worked by Marion County Narcotics Task Force.

"We are pleased with the conviction in this case and glad to remove this drug dealer from our community," Kittrell said.

A previous version of this article stated that Lonnie Jones had already been sentenced.