Reginald Levester Jones, former MPD officer, sentenced for robery that turned fatal

A former MPD officer charged in connection with a robbery that led to murder was sentenced Friday to 15 years behind bars.

Reginald Levester Jones, 42, earlier pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree murder.

Authorities said Jones and several other men planned to rob a man and on Dec. 1, 2001 carried out the robbery in the 4300 block of 4th Street SE.

The victim fought back during the incident and was shot but survived. During the robbery, one of the co-conspirators shot his own father, who was also allegedly taking part in the slaying, authorities said.

Jones, who was on-duty at the time, cleared the area and acted as a look-out, authorities said.

“Instead of locking up robbers and murderers, Reginald Jones decided to become one of them,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. “His disgraceful conduct is an affront to the dedicated professionals at the Metropolitan Police Department who sacrifice to keep us safe every day. With today’s sentence, Reginald Jones will replace the police uniform he dishonored with a prison jumpsuit.”