DOCUMENT: Stupid, Crime

Troubles Mount For Guy Who Shot Self Below Belt

Indianan behind bars after series of busts

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It Gets Worse

JUNE 26--Even after accidentally shooting yourself in the penis with an unregistered gun, things can still get worse, records show.

In the four months since Mark Anthony Jones shot himself in the genitals, the 47-year-old Indiana man has been arrested four separate times and is now behind bars awaiting trial on narcotics, weapons, and domestic battery counts.

In late-February, Jones suffered an “accidental self-inflicted gunshot injury” while walking on a street in Marion, a city in Grant County. Jones told police that he was carrying an unholstered Hi-Point 9mm handgun in his waistband when the weapon “began to slip.” When he “reached down to adjust” the firearm, Jones told police, the weapon discharged.

“The bullet entered just above his penis and exited his scrotum,” according to a police report.

Jones, seen in the above mug shot, was subsequently arrested for carrying an unlicensed handgun, a misdemeanor.

Since shooting himself, Jones has also been arrested twice for driving with a suspended license, domestic battery, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine dealing. This mix of misdemeanor and felony charges has resulted in Jones being locked up in the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Jones is scheduled for a pair of trials in August and one in November. He has pleaded guilty to both the driving charges. In one case, he has been fined, while sentencing in the other is set for August 1. (5 pages)