Ex-football player guilty here, faces more charges:
Ellis T. Jones III is a recurring character here at CCL. He’s the former San Jose State football player and the infamous “Craigslist Bandit”. He basically invented the craigslist scam of robbing people who think they are buying something from somebody on craigslist.
He’s back in the news for being convicted of burglary…
Shortly before the jury began deliberating last week, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Darryl Ferguson dismissed charges —including attempted murder — for lack of evidence against Jones, 21, in a July 3 home-invasion robbery in Visalia in which a man was shot and paralyzed.
The jury found Jones guilty Friday of conspiracy and burglary for the pizzeria robbery as well as assault for pointing a gun at people in the business. He faces up to 5 years and eight months in prison.
Although Jones was charged for the home invasion robbery on counts of attempted murder, burglary and attempted robbery, Ferguson ruled that not enough evidence was presented during the trial to show he was involved in that crime, and the judge dismissed those charges before the jury began deliberations.
He’s still awaiting trial on the craigslist charges.
Thanks to Geoff for the tip.