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Attorney and former Crockett County General Sessions Judge Shannon Jones pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture and possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Jones, 41, was arrested Feb. 3 after officials from the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department said they found materials for making meth inside his home.

He initially faced state charges and pleaded not guilty.

He was indicted in June on five federal charges related to meth manufacturing.

A change of plea hearing for Jones was held in federal court Tuesday, in which he agreed to plead guilty to one count.

Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the remaining counts at sentencing.

Prosecutors also agreed to recommend that Jones be sentenced at the low end of the applicable guideline range, with the understanding that his actual sentence will be determined by the judge, according to the plea agreement.

Jones’s attorney, Mark Donahoe of Jackson, said the federal charges were the only remaining charges against Jones. There are no pending state charges, he said.

“Shannon was very pleased to get this resolved and worked out and get this behind him,” Donahoe said. “Drug addiction is a very hard thing to deal with, and he has attended rehab and is attending rehab now.”

Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 26 before Judge J. Daniel Breen. Jones is allowed to remain released on a bond of $10,000. He will pay a $100 fine before his sentencing.

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