Suspected Danville Cop Killer Has Lengthy Criminal Record


Court records show the suspect the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer has a lengthy criminal record and in one case tried to claim he was legally insane.

Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said Herschel Ray Jones III is being held in connection with the slaying late Sunday of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. Cottrell's body was found behind the village's municipal building after a woman reported her ex-boyfriend had weapons and was looking to kill an officer.          

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Knox County court records show 32-year-old Jones has multiple convictions for breaking and entering, burglary, receiving stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon dating back to 2001. 

According to court records, Jones' rap sheet begins in 2002 when he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and using a firearm and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

In 2005, he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and breaking and entering.  Jones was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Later in 2008, Jones was charged with possessing a concealed weapon as a felon. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Jones was out of prison before then because in 2009, he was sentenced to an additional 17 months prison for receiving stolen property and burglary.

In 2011, Jones is charged with receiving stolen property and possessing chemicals to manufacture drugs. He pleaded insanity at first, but switched to a guilty plea and was sentenced to 30 months.

According to local paper, Jones was charged last year in October with illegally possessing a firearm, felony assault and attempted rape. 

Ohio prison records show he served nearly four years for the 2011 convictions of burglary and receiving stolen property. He was released last April.