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Former lawyer accused of parole violation, facing June trial

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A June 6 trial has been scheduled for a former Fredericksburg-area attorney who has been accused of violating the terms of a five-year suspended sentence he received in Stafford County in 2010.

If convicted of the probation violation, 52-year-old Owaiian Maurice Jones could be ordered to serve up to the entire five years.

Stafford authorities allege that Jones violated his probation through a series of arrests last year in Salem and Roanoke. He was convicted of two misdemeanors, petty larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses this month in Roanoke Circuit Court.

A jury recommended the maximum penalty for Jones, 24 months in jail, but a judge suspended seven months, leaving 17 to serve. Jones is currently in a Roanoke Jail.

According to the Roanoke Times, Jones stole $27 worth of groceries from a Kroger store on July 13.

On May 3, 2010, Jones was convicted of felony embezzlement in Stafford Circuit Court and given a suspended sentence. Defense attorney Mark Gardner blamed Jones’ problems, which included the loss of his law license, on a bipolar disorder.

The evidence showed that Jones took money from clients without performing legal services. He was ordered to make $23,566 in restitution and was making monthly payments at least up until his new problems in Southwest Virginia, court records show.

Jones practiced law in the Fredericksburg area for a number of years prior to June 2008, when his license was suspended. His legal services included criminal defense, real estate and family law.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404