Justice Achieved for Vulnerable Victim

Posted: July 10, 2018

On June 28, 2018, an El Dorado County jury convicted Shannon Michael Jones of felony grand theft and misdemeanor receipt of stolen property. Co-defendant Summer Mascott was also convicted of misdemeanor receipt of stolen property. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours after hearing testimony from the victim, an El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy, and an El Dorado County Sheriff's Detective.  

In the months of January and February, 2016, Mr. Jones was entrusted with the victim's debit card to by supplies for her property. The victim was an elderly, disabled widow who allowed Mr. Jones to move onto her property and live rent-free in his trailer because she felt sorry for him. The victim testified that she trusted the defendant and only allowed him to have her debit card because she did not believe he would ever take advantage of her. The evidence showed that, in a little over a month, Mr. Jones took over $10,000 from the victim's bank account. To top it off, before finally moving off of the property with his then-girlfriend Ms. Mascott, the victim's license plates were stolen. The jury found that Mr. Jones and Ms. Mascott were in possession of the stolen plates. Specifically, they were located on the trailer that the two shared off of Ice House Road and one of the plates was eventually returned by Ms. Mascott.

After the verdicts were read, the People requested that Mr. Jones be remanded so that he could post an increased bail to ensure his attendance at sentencing. The People's request was denied and the case was calendared for July 2, 2018, to revisit the issue of bail for both defendants. On that date, Mr. Jones failed to appear and a no-bail bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kassie Cardullo and investigated by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Jones and Ms. Mascott are set for sentencing in Department 2 on August 13, 2018.