Police said Jeremy Jones, 20, of Jackson, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death of his friend, Justin Clark, on the campus of Lane College, located at 545 Lane Ave. The homicide was Jackson's first homicide of 2012.
Jones, 20, entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter in Madison County Circuit Court, Division II, and was sentenced to six years in prison. Jones will be held at the Madison County Jail pending transfer to the Tennessee Department of Correction.
The Clark family was present in the court room and approved the plea offer.
Jones was originally indicted on charges of second-degree murder and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony.
Police said Jones' six-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter is consecutive to a seven-year sentence, which he is currently serving for unrelated charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and evading arrest. The unrelated crimes all occurred in Jackson in August 2012.
Jones' total effective sentence is 13 years in prison.
In the homicide case, police said they were called about the shooting around 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 1 and officers and EMS responded to the campus. Clark had been shot in the head and was rushed by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m. the following day.
The investigation revealed that Clark and Jones were friends and had gone to the campus together. Neither man was a Lane student, the release said. Clark was involved in a fist fight with a Lane College student near the gymnasium and during the fight, shots were fired by two people. Jones was identified as one of the shooters. After the fired shots, Clark was the only person who had been shot.
Police said the investigation showed that in response to the fight, Jones pulled out a gun and unintentionally shot and killed Clark.
Police collected multiple shell casings from the scene and the casings and bullets that struck Clark were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for comparison. Ballistic results confirmed that Clark was fatally shot by a gun that Jones was shooting.
When he was indicted on the charges from the homicide, Jones was in custody for unrelated charges for incidents that occurred in August 2012.
On Aug. 11, Jones handed Devin Long a gun, and Long shot at a car occupied by four people near 216 Roosevelt Parkway. Police issued an arrest warrant for Jones for four counts of aggravated assault, police said.
On Aug. 14, Jones was apprehended after being chased by police in Lincoln Courts. He was additionally charged with evading arrest. Jones posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail two days later.
Police said on Aug. 22, Jones shot at a man at the Villages Apartments, located at 550 Old Hickory Blvd, the release said. The man was not struck but a bullet traveled across Old Hickory and penetrated the window at Dawn's Fabrics, located at 621 Old Hickory Blvd. An employee was nearly struck. Jones had left the scene when police arrived and the man who Jones shot at was uncooperative with officers.
Around 4 a.m. on Aug. 26, Jones was stopped by Jackson Police Officer Christian Boxley on the parking lot of IHOP, located at 9 Stonebridge Blvd., after Boxley noticed him walking with a limp and suspiciously holding his hip area. Police said for his safety, Boxley patted Jones down and found a .357 handgun pistol inside Jones' belt line.
Police said Jones was charged with possession of a firearm and he was additionally charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and vandalism for the August 22 shooting.