Former High School Student Will Serve 10 Years Behind Bars

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

In August of last year, Delvonte Jones robbed a Cairo family of their belongings with an air pistol. Then, two weeks later, he robbed a convenience store with the same weapon.

Now the South Georgia District Attorney's Office says the 17-year-old will spend ten years behind bars -- and 20 years on probation -- for stealing a few hundred dollars.

District Attorney Joseph Mulholland says Jones attended Cairo High School.

During the trial, he says Jones tried to persuade the court he was a model student in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence.

Explains Mulholland, "He tried to claim he was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. After speaking with the school, clearly he wasn't -- so he was trying to con the court just like he was conning the citizens of the county by robbing the store."

Cairo High School's principal David McCurry says Jones kept a low profile during his time at the school.

Recalls McCurry, "He came through Cairo High School, just kind of kept low-key, had a few minor discipline issues with him, but really didn't know him that well."

McCurry maintains CHS is made up of quality students.

He says, "We have great kids here at Cairo High School -- you know, we do have a few bad apples -- but you know, they're good students."

Mulholland says he hopes Jones' harsh sentence sends a message to other teens who might get into trouble.


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  • by J on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:38 PM
    I don't know where you guys shop but I never see a wealthy white worker at one of these stores. And as for the owners of the stores they seem to all be Indian. These comments are the stupidest court defense plan I've ever heard.
  • by TIR on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:32 PM
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2011 at 05:12 PM in reply to TIR
      Yeah, me too. Typical thug.
  • by Concerned on Apr 2, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    Another product of 'Hillary's Village'.
  • by Justgitinby Location: Tallytown on Apr 2, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    yea Nick o'Teen we need to give the stores to the black people so that they can run them into the ground and encourage more of the same behavior teach them to steel use guns, knifes because the white folk owe you NOT!! get a life. i darn sure didn't own a salve nor did any of my ancestors. yea more affirmative action lock all the black thugs up
  • by mecq on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:30 PM
    ou concern should be for the very wealthy families in this country who were involved in the slave trade; but those very same families are still involved but on a differant level. They now own the PRISONS that enslave the very same disenfranchised people. Don't get it twisted.
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      by TIR on Apr 2, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to mecq
      I kind of agree with you, but you have to understand that upstanding citizen 99.999999999% don't do anything to be sent to prison. If people wanna act like monkeys we need to put then in the zoo!
  • by Jock Location: SW Ga on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    Georgia mandates 10 years to serve, no parole on armed robbery, air pistol or real, don't matter. He deserves what he got.
  • by Nick O'Teen Location: Cairo on Apr 1, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    We need more Affirmative Action in Georgia. Too many white people working in these convenience stores came from families that owned slaves. More Affirmative Action......
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      by Lip Cheese on Apr 2, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to Nick O'Teen
      Smokin!!!
  • by ws on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    sorry thug ,,,to do what he did ,,he will be out soon..and right back into the life of crime
  • by Hanna on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:46 PM
    Unfortunately, he'll be out in less than ten years. My bet is then he will graduate to using a real gun. The revolving door is in action.
  • by Sonny Location: Tallahassee on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    Such a waste....now the harder thugs will teach him more tricks of the trade..betcha he's back within a year of release!
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