Jamie Earl Jones
Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

Cherokee County man gets 17 years for threatening mom with gun before SWAT standoff

A Cherokee County man will be sent back to prison for the fourth time after being convicted of several crimes stemming from a SWAT situation in 2017, authorities said.

Jamie Earl Jones, 42, of Ball Ground, was found guilty of pointing a gun at his mother, threatening to kill her and prompting the SWAT standoff, the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. He was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

On July 30, 2017, Jones barricaded himself in his mother’s house and wouldn’t open the door for a sheriff’s office SWAT team, the release said. The standoff lasted four hours before he came out of the house and surrendered.

Before the SWAT team arrived, Jones threatened his mother with a MAK-90 rifle, firing the weapon when authorities arrived, the release said. No one was injured during the incident.

His case went to trial in October, and Jones’ mother said she saw him use methamphetamine that day, the release said. She testified that she looked into his eyes and “it was like he wasn’t there.”

She noticed that he had a gun outside, and when she tried to take the weapon away, he grabbed it and pointed it at her, the release said. She said she asked him if he was going to shoot his own mother, and “he replied that he just might.”

She then ran away from him, initially going into the home but fleeing outside once he followed her, the release said. She flagged down a passing vehicle to escape.

Jones was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He had previously been found guilty of felonies on five occasions, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

Jamie Earl Jones has served three stints in prison since 2009.
Photo: Georgia Department of Corrections

Since 2009, he has served three stints in prison for convictions in Cobb and Gwinnett counties, GDC records show. Those charges include meth possession, narcotic possession, fleeing police, firearm possession and traffic citations.

Once his prison time is over, he was ordered to never return to Cherokee County and to never contact his mother again, the release said.

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