Man who attacked group with machete gets four-year prison term

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who attacked a group of people with a machete
after he was thrown out of a Normal Heights bar was sentenced Wednesday to four
years in state prison.

Rodney Jamal Jones, 30, pleaded guilty last month to assault with a
deadly weapon.

John Hull, a probation officer with training in defensive tactics,
suffered a gash on the palm of one of his hands during the attack. He told
Judge Eugenia Eyherabide the situation could have been a lot worse.

“Someone could have ended up dead,” Hull said.

According to police, Jones began quarreling with Hull, his girlfriend
and their male friend at the Triple Crown Pub on Adams Avenue about 1 a.m. last
Oct. 21.

The argument began after Jones stared at the 23-year-old woman, followed
her to a restroom, blocked her way and grabbed her thigh as she was returning
to her companions, then sat next to her and refused her request to leave her
alone, said Lt. Andra Brown, a San Diego Police Department spokeswoman.

As the confrontation escalated, a bouncer intervened, questioned the
bickering patrons and ejected Jones, she said.

About 20 minutes later, the couple and their friend left the tavern and
walked to a residential complex in the 4600 block of Bancroft Street, about a
block to the south.

As they arrived, Jones suddenly appeared and charged them, swinging a
machete. Hull grabbed the blade of the weapon, and he and his friend tackled
Jones and held him down until police arrived, Brown said.

The defendant was treated at a hospital for minor injuries he suffered
in the scuffle, which Deputy District Attorney Chandelle Konstanzer said was
“completely unprovoked.”

Eyherabide said the four-year prison term was warranted because of the
defendant's violent criminal past, which includes a 1999 assault conviction for
breaking a person's jaw and being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm in
2008.

Jones said he was taking a class in non-conflict resolution at the time
of the incident and would have been better served if he had put what he learned
into use.

“I'm not a bad person,” the defendant said.

Jones was on probation for possession and transportation of cocaine at
the time of the machete attack.

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