(KMOV) -- Serious threats were made inside the St. Louis County Family Court after a suspect’s mother reportedly vowed to inflict physical harm onto employees.
According to court documents, Darlene Jones, was in court as her 16-year-old son Markeon Jones was being certified to stand court as an adult last December. Police say M. Jones broke in a University City home where he robbed and sexually assaulted a young woman for hours.
Police say Darlene Jones became angry and fired off threats to a juvenile officer. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, Bob McCulloch said there’s more, He said she said “the [female] officer would understand when she gets punched in her “expletive’ face and that ‘expletive’ is going to get hers.”
“She said it different ways, and repeatedly. Inside the courtroom, in the hallway, outside,” said McCulloch. “The officer and everybody in the courtroom for that matter felt threatened.”
She was charged with two counts of tampering with a judicial officer which could land her up to seven years in prison, if convicted.
Her son, now 17, could be in prison for life.
“Which sort explains an awful lot. It’s not surprising these are some of the things he does, if this is the example he’s been given throughout his life. It doesn’t excuse him from doing that, but it’s certainly not surprising that he went down that path,” McCulloch said of a mother saying these things in front of her son.