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Sacramento man sentenced to prison after witness-intimidation conviction

A man convicted of intimidating a witness in a domestic violence case has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison.

Jarvonne Jones, 31, was sentenced Thursday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Christopher Krueger. A jury on June 18 convicted him of witness intimidation with personal use of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, vandalism, brandishing a firearm and resisting arrest, a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release states.

Jones and the victim were dating. When Jones started psychologically abusing her, she ended the relationship, but Jones sent her dozens of text messages and repeatedly called her. When she did not reply, he followed her mother to the victim’s house after she picked up the victim’s children from school.

Jones screamed at his former girlfriend for not returning his phone calls, authorities said. He became enraged when he could not find a letter he knew she had written, blaming him if anything happened to her, and he proceeded to tear up her house.

When the victim’s mother told him she was calling the police, Jones produced a firearm and held it to his side.

The victim and her mother took the children out of the house to the garage. Jones followed and vandalized the victim’s car, causing nearly $10,000 damage, authorities said.

Jones fled before police arrived and then began sending threats to the victim. He told her he no longer cared about his life and, knowing he was going to jail, he was going to make it “worth it.” He stated that the victim would have the blood of her own children and police officers on her hands, authorities said.