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Man gets prison time for pointing handgun at Jaffrey gas station clerk

  • Jonathan Cox Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 10, 2018 11:7AM

A man who pointed a fully-loaded handgun at a Jaffrey gas station employee back in January has been sentenced to at least a year and a half in prison.

Jonathan Cox, 27, was sentenced to 1 and a half to four years in state prison after pleading guilty of a charge of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, according to court documents. He has received a 198 day pretrial confinement credit.

Cox was also sentenced to a three to six year prison sentence – all suspended for 10 years – after he pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon. Cox had previously been convicted of burglary in 2010 in Ohio.

Additionally, Cox has been ordered to participate in any counseling, treatment, and educational programs as directed by a probation/parole officer. The Department of Corrections can award Cox earned time reductions for successful completion of programs.

Jaffrey police were called to Mr. Mike’s on Route 202/Peterborough Street around 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 28 after an employee said Cox had pointed a gun at them after the employee refused to sell Cox alcohol. Mr. Mike’s doesn’t sell alcohol after 11:30 p.m., and Cox had come in to purchase alcohol after that cutoff time, the employee told police.

Police alleged that after the interaction with the employee, Cox tapped on the store’s window with a handgun and then fled the scene. Police later arrested Cox – who was in possession of a fully-loaded Ruger handgun – on Blake Street.

There was previously a competency hearing scheduled for July 27, but the defense conceded that Cox is in fact competent.

When arrested, Cox was a Jaffrey resident, but recent court documents signed by Cox say he now resides in Akron, Ohio.