COLUMBIA, SC — Four Columbia men who pleaded guilty to charges ranging from conspiracy to commit robbery with a firearm to possession of drugs with intent to distribute were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison in federal court in Columbia this week, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a news release.
Jacquan Olando Jones (aka “Jay” and “Squeeze”), 23, Travis Howard, 33, Vernon Davis, 23, and Eddie Wilbert Mobley (aka “Bird”), 26, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the arrest of Jones, Davis and Mobley in October 2012 as they were driving to rob a another person of a large quantity of cocaine. Police found two shotguns, a handgun and pepper spray in their car when they were pulled over, Nettles said.
Authorities were alerted to the robbery plot after Jones sold guns and pot to a police informant a month earlier.
The men had prior state convictions making their possession of firearms illegal at the time of their 2012 arrests. Jones and Davis were Bloods gang members, Nettles’ office said.
Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by five years parole; Howard was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison and three years parole; Davis was sentenced to 8.4 years prison and five years parole; and Mobley was sentenced to 9.25 years in prison and five years parole.
An indicted co-conspirator is currently awaiting trial, Nettles said.
Rachael Myers Lowe