Salisbury, MD – On September 14, 2023, the Honorable Karen M. Dean, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, sentenced Clifton Jones, age 46, of Salisbury, Maryland, to a total of sixty (60) years suspend all but thirty (30) years of active incarceration. Five (5) years of the sentence are to be served as a mandatory minimum.
On July 11, 2023, Jones entered a guilty plea to one count of Second-Degree Murder and one count of Firearm Use in a Violent Crime. Sentencing had been deferred pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation.
Following his active period of incarceration, Jones will be on five (5) years of supervised probation and will be subject to thirty (30) years of additional incarceration should he violate conditions of probation.
On April 24, 2021, Jerome Moss, along with other associates of Clifton Jones visited Jones’ residence on Pocahontas Avenue in Salisbury, MD.
After a period of time and for unknown reasons, Jones went into a bedroom and retrieved a handgun. Upon exiting the bedroom, Jones confronted and subsequently shot the victim multiple times with a handgun.
Jerome Moss was transported to Tidal Health where he succumbed to his injuries.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes commended the members of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation, specifically thanking Deputies who initially responded including Sgt. J. Banks and his shift partners, and the lead investigator, Detective Chip Oakley, for his hard work and diligence.
SA Dykes also commended her Co-Counsel, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Clarke, who assisted in the prosecution of the case.