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Friday, 18 September 2015 09:09

Man Convicted of Assaulting Police Officer

MEMPHIS – Sept. 17, 2015 - An Arkansas man has been convicted of aggravated assault stemming from an attack on a police officer who was booking him into jail on a misdemeanor charge, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
Dewayne Anthony Jones, 34, of West Memphis, faces 3 to 6 years in prison when he is sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter.
Witnesses testified this week that as Jones was being booked into jail on May 21, 2012, at 201 Poplar, he repeatedly struck Officer L. Bockhold in the face, causing him to lose consciousness.
The officer sustained a concussion and was treated at a hospital and released.
Jones has numerous other criminal cases pending, including rape of a child, incest, retaliation against a witness and aggravated sexual battery.
He is in the Shelby County Jail on a bond of $1.2 million.
The case this week was handled by Carrie Shelton, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit, and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kenya Smith.
The SVU prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.