Brandon Jones, a 29-year-old actor who appeared on the TV show Pretty Little Liars, was sentenced on Monday to 180 days in jail for pointing a gun at a neighbor during a March 2016 dispute.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, the actor pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor assault with a firearm. As part of the plea agreement, Jones was also sentenced to three years of probation, 30 days of community labor and 26 anger management classes.
Prosecutors claim that Jones pointed a handgun at a neighbor during an argument at his home in the North Hills area of Los Angeles on March 24, 2016. According to the district attorney’s statement, the actor also “exhibited a handgun” during an earlier dispute with a neighbor on October 30, 2015.
TMZ reported in April 2016 that Jones was initially charged with a felony and two misdemeanors, exhibiting a deadly weapon and exhibiting a concealable firearm in public, which could have resulted in a combined jail term of up to five and a half years.
According to TMZ, the reason for the argument was unclear, and Jones did not fire the gun or strike the male neighbor with it. But the act of pointing a gun constituted assault.
A representative for the actor gave a statement to TMZ following the arrest.
“It is our understanding that the gun in Mr. Jones’ possession was fully legal and registered, that he was on his girlfriend’s private property, and that he and his girlfriend felt that they were under threat in a dispute with neighbors.”
Jones portrayed the recurring character of Andrew Campbell on the Freeform teen drama Pretty Little Liars and has also appeared on The Fosters, The Big Bang Theory, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the short-lived CBS legal drama Doubt.
The actor has apparently been dealing with another personal tragedy this month, as a post on his Twitter account on August 12 stated that his mother had passed away.
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