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Jeromy Jones sentenced to 12.5 to 25 years for throwing Molotov cocktail at Delco Deputy Sheriff

Jeromy A. Jones

Media, PA - Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Jeromy A. Jones, 41, was sentenced to 12.5 to 25 years plus five years state probation and ordered restitution for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Delaware County Deputy Sheriff during the execution of a warrant in August 2017.

Jeromy A. Jones, 41, of Collingdale, was sentenced today before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael F. X. Coll. Jones plead guilty on January 23, 2019, to attempted homicide, a felony of the first degree, aggravated assault, a felony of the second degree, and possession of an instrument of crime, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann and the investigation was led by Detective Larry Patterson and Detective Dave Tyler of the District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Corporal William Carter of the Collingdale Police Department.

Jones was charged following an investigation which began on August 9, 2017, when CID was notified that Sheriff Deputies and Collingdale police officers met to execute a Probation Violation Warrant for Jeromy Jones. At 4:37 p.m., upon arrival at the defendant’s home in Collingdale, Deputy Sergeant Nick Maraini attempted to make contact by knocking on the front door announcing, “Sheriff’s Department.” The other Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies assumed positions surrounding the residence. After several attempts were made with negative results, the Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers turned away to leave, when the door of the residence began to open and it was observed that defendant Jeromy Jones held a clear class bottle of liquid with flames emerging from the top of the bottle. Jones threw the flaming bottle at Sergeant Maraini, engulfing his lower body in flames and endangering other Deputies.
“Jeromy Jones threw a Molotov cocktail directly at Sergeant Maraini, with the clear intent to kill him. As a result of his violent actions against law enforcement, the defendant will spend the 12.5 years of his life in prison. I would like to commend the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Collingdale Police Department, and CID Detectives Larry Patterson and Dave Tyler for their quick response. I would also like to commend Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann for her outstanding prosecutorial skills and for bringing this case to justice for Sergeant Maraini and our other law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect the residents of Delaware County,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.

DATE: April 10, 2019