Wyatt, MO man pleads guilty to firing on deputy, drug charges

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A man from Wyatt, Missouri pleaded guilty to methamphetamine and firearm charges according to the United States Attorney's Office.

The office announced on July 12 that Jonathan Lee Jones, 38, of Wyatt pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and one felony count of possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Jones appeared before the United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. in Cape Girardeau for his plea hearing in June.

After law enforcement officials got a search warrant in Mississippi County, they search Jone's residence on March 10, 2017.

In a release from officials, it states that Mississippi County Sheriff's Deputy David Watkins was the first officer to enter the residence.

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Officials said Jones discharged a firearm and struck Deputy Watkins in the left knee. The release states that officials began to fire back and Jones suffered a gunshot wound to his chest area.

Watkins and Jones were taken to a hospital for medical treatment for their wounds after the area was secure.

During the search of the residence, officers found and seized more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, weighing scales, six firearms and $50,019 which will Jones will have to forfeit in accordance with the plea agreement.

The release states that Jones has a sentencing date of September 11 and under the federal statute he faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, the Wyatt Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Assistant United States Attorney Jack Koester is handling the prosecution for the Government.

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