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Former Tampa teacher sentenced to prison on drug charges

TAMPA — Caught twice last year with methamphetamines, a 41-year-old Davidsen Middle School teacher was sentenced this week to seven years in prison.

Keith Bernard Jones, a sixth-grade teacher, had nothing to say Monday when sentenced by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody.

In March 2011, Jones bought 2 ounces of methamphetamines for $4,000 from an undercover sheriff's detective he met at Fletcher Avenue and Dale Mabry Boulevard. He was charged with trafficking.

A month later, while free on bond, Jones was stopped by a sheriff's deputy for driving on Waters Avenue with a broken tag light. The officer discovered a bag of methamphetamine in the car. Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones hadn't taught children since his first arrest. He was first suspended with pay, then suspended without pay. School officials say his termination is pending.

On Monday, Moody sentenced Jones to seven years in prison for trafficking, plus a concurrent five-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance.

Former Tampa teacher sentenced to prison on drug charges 10/30/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:10pm]
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