Anderson man found guilty on federal firearms charges

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Dr. Bruce E. Jones, PhD, age 66, of Anderson, has been found guilty of illegally possessing firearms and ammunition after a four day jury trial.

The defendant, a previously licensed family and addiction counselor in Madison County, now faces up to thirty years in federal prison.

An investigation of Jones was launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2010, and search warrants were executed in May of that year. Investigators found evidence of federal firearms violations at three different properties owned by Jones.

Those search warrants revealed an illegal arsenal of four dozen firearms and 14,000 rounds of ammunition. Jones was not entitled to possess these weapons due to his 1984 conviction for dealing in a controlled substance. The defendant served three years in prison for that crime, but later became a practicing counselor with a doctorate degree.

Jones now faces up to ten years in prison and fines on each federal gun charge. He was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service today, where he will remain until a scheduled sentencing hearing on February 20, 2014, in Indianapolis. Jones is also scheduled to go to trial in January on federal health care fraud charges.

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