News: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Robber Gets 12 Years For Burglary

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 1:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A man responsible for robbing Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Bizzy Bone last January has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Marlo "Bow Wow" Jones and his accomplices each received prison sentences.

A Los Angeles anti-gang intervention worker has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a burglary he admitted was done for the benefit of a street gang.  Marlo "Bow Wow" Jones and three co-defendants pleaded no contest to residential burglary Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court in the robbing of rapper Bryon McCane, also known as Bizzy Bone. McCane raps with the group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. (Associated Press)

Attorney Connie Rice also commented on Jones' overall character.

Connie Rice, a prominent civil rights attorney, described Jones as a charismatic figure who could bring rival gang sects together. But she said he was not a professional and lacked the training and dedication that now are being taught to a new generation of gang intervention workers as part of the city effort she heads up. (LA Times Blog)

Ironically, Jones is known for his work in anti-gang programs.

He was a contract employee with the Unity One gang-intervention program and had worked with USC football coach Pete Carroll in his gang-violence-reduction efforts. But prosecutors allege he committed the crime to further the Grape Street Crips, one of South L.A.'s most notorious gangs. (Six Shot)

Jones has an extensive criminal track record and initially faced multiple years behind bars.

He is on probation stemming from his no contest plea last November to one count of felony spousal abuse. Jones was convicted in 1996 of robbery and in 1999 of possession of cocaine. Arrested Saturday, Jones is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail. If convicted as charged, Jones faces up to 28 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. (Contra Costa Times)

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