County Councilman Sentenced to Five Months in Prison

Councilman Daryl Jones will report to jail on Jan. 23 for failing to file tax returns between 2002-2007.

Anne Arundel County Councilman and Severn resident Daryl Jones (D-District 1) was sentenced to five months in prison Monday night for failing to file 35 tax returns between 2002-2007.

Jones' hearing lasted about an hour and he was seen wiping tears from his eyes as his sentence was announced. 

Jones , and said the years of evasion occurred during a particularly tough time in his life. 

At the hearing Monday night, federal Judge Ellen Hollander sentenced Jones to five months in prison. The maximum sentence for the offense is one year. 

Jones, who is in his first of two years on the council, told The Baltimore Sun that he was going to do some thinking before deciding what to do with his council seat. According to the council’s charter, it’s within his rights to stay on.  

However, County Council Chairman Dick Ladd and Councilman John Grasso (R-District 2) have both said they believe he should step down for the sake of his constituents.

Jones will begin serving his five-month sentence on Jan. 23. 

Editor's Note: This article has been corrected to indicate Daryl Jones failed to file personal tax returns between 2002 and 2007. 

Steve Vukovan December 06, 2011 at 02:58 AM
ER.........Take a bow for trying to impart some wisdom and common sense in here. Unfortunately to some folks Criminal behavior is okay and should be rewarded. Such a shame as I think we owe our children better than to make heros out of Criminals, Cheats, and Liars. Gee Whiz I wonder why The Honorable Councilman Jones did not mention his Criminal Behavior prior to the last election? Maybe he was afraid to?
Steve Vukovan December 06, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Read up on your US history my friend. It was all about Taxation without Representation. I may suggest you glance at the Declaration of Independance. You can find it online. Question if I may, Is Daryl Jones above the law? I don't believe anyone is. So if Jones is a man of conscience or honorable He will act accordingly and resign. He shamed and dishonored his community, the council, and himself. What is your view of Jack and Leslie Johnson, I'm sure they did a great deal of good in PG County?
Lawrence Kimble December 06, 2011 at 05:16 AM
Steve, it is true that some people in his community are ashamed and dishonored by his actions, especially the alders, for reasons, YOU I'm quite sure you would never understand. So please, for your sake, the Children sake and anybodies else's sake leave the history out of it. Please!
Gregory45 December 06, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I am also wondering why the Sunpaper is the only one reporting on the latest investigation of Leopold? Does he get away with his crimes against the people?
MAW December 06, 2011 at 07:00 PM
I believe that he should go to prison as with anyone else that doesnt pay taxes. Its not a black or white issue, its about setting an example. I also think that we should vote the rest of the council out of office since they quelled any discussion about it at the last council meeting. Or at least have them investigated. What are they trying to cover-up? Why are they trying to protect Mr. Jones? I am tired of these politicians who think they can work the system to suit them. BTW Laquita, I still have not heard what good Mr. Jones has done for the citizens he represents. What has made him a stand-out?


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