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Feds indict repeat offender who was once New Orleans' most wanted

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - Deloyd Jones was twice the city's most wanted man. But after spending years in and out of the criminal justice system, the feds indicted him.

Jones is accused of being part of a criminal enterprise known as "Ride or Die" on the street, operating mainly in the Gentilly area.

"It's not a success story," said District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. "It's a sad tale of an individual that comes into the system as a juvenile."

Jones was just 15 when he broke out of the Youth Study Center. Facing weapons charges, he was considered armed and dangerous.

"A few months after he turned 17, he's in the adult system and he's firing a gun," Cannizzaro said.

Police said Jones shot a man on North Roman Street in 2009.

Later that day, the NOPD was using something called a "bait car" to catch thieves. When Jones and another man stole one, the bait car stalled and the doors locked by remote control, and NOPD officers swooped in.

Jones was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to five years suspended,  meaning he served no jail time.

Just days after being released, the NOPD says Jones went on a shooting spree in the 9th Ward.

"He's running through a neighborhood, literally running through the neighborhood and attempting to gun someone down," Cannizzaro said. "In his effort to do that, he's placing bullets in five separate houses on one city block within Orleans Parish. It's only a miracle that no one was murdered on that particular afternoon."

The D.A. refused the charges in that case, citing an uncooperative witness.

"Then, we see Deloyd Jones sort of climaxing his career, and all of this at the ripe old age of 18 years old," Cannizzaro said.

Police said Jones' alleged gun violence continued with a double shooting on Spain St., and then a few days later, murder.

In February of 2011, a chase and massive manhunt led to Jones' re-arrest. Now still in jail, a 20-count federal indictment accuses Jones of RICO violations, racketeering, distribution of drugs and the murders of three people.

If convicted, Jones will face life in prison or the death penalty. He is indicted with 11 other people believed to be part of the group Ride or Die.

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