On Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11:41 p.m., Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to a Pearl Street home in Laurel after a domestic disturbance report.
They discovered that the home was that of Stetson Jones, 29, a Laurel Police Department reserve officer.
Through the investigation, deputies allege that Jones battered and strangled his wife. “The victim received minor injuries that did not require medical attention,” according to the FCSD news release. They took Jones into custody without incident. He was lodged in the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville, where he later posted a $5,000 cash/surety bond and is awaiting trial.
Jones was arrested on two preliminary Level 6 felony charges: domestic battery and strangulation. If convicted of a Level 6 felony, Jones could face up to two and a half years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department emphasized that Jones’ preliminary charges are for booking and bail purposes only. Once the investigation is completed, deputies will forward their investigation report to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of what, if any, formal charges will be filed against Jones. Charges are merely accusations and all criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.