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Jones sentenced to 5 years in prison for forgery

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 2:45 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Joni S. Jones, 27, of Chicago pleaded guilty to the Class 3 felony of forgery on Jan. 21 before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. She was sentenced to serve five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and to pay fines, fees and court costs of $592.

Jones was also certified by the court to be eligible for the Impact Incarceration Program within the Department of Corrections, which is a boot-style camp program in which inmates receive physical training, vocational training, education and drug and alcohol counseling while in the program. If Jones successfully completes the four- to six-month program, her sentence is considered served. If Jones does not complete the program, or is not accepted into the program, she serves her sentence as ordered. The program is designed for youthful non-violent offenders.

On July 20, 2013, the Princeton Police Department responded to a call of a Princeton business regarding the attempt of purchase of an item with a bad check. Upon investigation by the Princeton Police Department, it was determined Jones was attempting to pass a $237 check written on the account of another woman to the business. Jones was charged with forgery.

Jones was previously convicted for forgery in 2005 in Cook County and received probation.

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