Stamford man to serve five years in prison for gun bust-turned-robbery

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

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STAMFORD — A city man will serve five years in prison for a gun bust-turned-robbery that led to the injury of four officers in Stamford.

Judge Gary White issued Jaylan Jones, 18, a 12-year prison sentence on Wednesday, of which he will serve five years, as a part of a plea deal with state prosecutors.

Earlier this year, Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and interfering with an officer for his role in an armed robbery that resulted in an attempted escape from police that injured multiple police officers.

As a part of the deal, Jones will also serve five years of probation after his release from prison.

“The state feels this is an appropriate disposition given the defendant’s age,” said Supervisory State’s Attorney Michelle Manning during Wednesday's disposition hearing at the state Superior Court in Stamford.

Criminal defense attorney Kevin Black said his client regrets his actions and Jones has been “keeping his head down and staying out of trouble” while incarcerated.

“He’s here to accept his punishment,” Black said.

Jones is one of four individuals arrested by Stamford police on July 1, 2021, after a gun bust planned by investigators devolved into an armed robbery and attempted escape from police.

Capt. Richard Conklin of the Stamford Police Department said at the time that the planned bust was the culmination of a month-long investigation conducted by the department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit on Kristian Alvarez, an 18-year-old codefendant in the case, for the alleged illegal sale of firearms in the area.

Conklin said police watched as people identified by police as Alvarez, Jones, Jahdiel Rodriguez, 18, and Jackdelys Maldonado, 19, arrived at Southfield Park for what investigators believed to be an illegal firearm sale.

But things went awry when officers watched as Alvarez pulled a gun on the prospective buyer and demanded all his money — about $800 — a $1,800 gold chain, his wallet and his cell phone, Conklin said at the time.

As Alvarez held the buyer at gunpoint, Jones and Rodriguez allegedly walked up to the vehicle and “assisted Alvarez in the crime,” as Maldonado acted as a lookout, Conklin said

When police officers tried to converge on the group, Alvarez repeatedly rammed his vehicle straight into police cruisers, injuring at least four officers in the process, Conklin said.

All four individuals were arrested on the scene.

Alvarez was charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, interfering with police, first-degree threatening, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of an illegal high-capacity magazine, illegal sale of a firearm, possession of weapons in a motor vehicle, assault on a police officer, disobeying the signal of an officer and various motor vehicle violations.

In March, Alvarez pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and five counts of assault of a public safety officer. Alvarez received the max sentence of 10 years in prison in June.

Jones, Rodriguez and Maldonado were each charged with first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny and interfering with police.

The cases of Rodriguez and Maldonado are also still pending before the court. Rodriguez is scheduled to appear on Dec. 14 and Maldonado is on for Nov. 9.