A wayward bike ride has ended in a seven-and-a-half-year year prison sentence for an eastern Iowa man. A Cedar Rapids police officer noticed 29-year-old Shawn Jones riding a bike and weaving on the road and sidewalk in September of 2009.
The officer knew Jones had outstanding warrants and approached him and asked for identification. Jones got off the bike and told the officer his I-D was in his apartment, and then took off running. Jones caught his foot on a fence as he tried to jump over it and the officer saw something fall from his pant leg.
After arresting Jones, the officer discovered the item was a nine millimeter handgun. Jones had been convicted of going armed with intent, assault causing serious injury, and two counts of domestic battery, and was not allowed to have a weapon. He later pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. A district court judge has sentenced him to 90 months in prison on the charge.