Gerard Jones, former writer on Green Lantern and Green Lantern: Mosaic, was sentenced this past Tuesday to six years in prison for the possession and distribution of child pornography in California. In addition, the 60-year-old author was sentenced to five years of supervised release and fined $10,200. A hearing will take place on October 4th to determine what amount of restitution Jones must pay to his victims. He will start serving his sentence on November 30, 2018.
Jones was arrested in December of 2016 as a result of a police investigation which included Homeland Security. According to a news report from San Francisco, California, Jones was discovered to be in the possession of more than ten thousand images and videos containing child pornography on electronic devices found in his home. He originally plead innocent to the charges, but at an April 2018 hearing Jones changed his plea to guilty. Sentencing was originally scheduled for July, but was postponed until August 14th.
Jones career in comics spanned more than a decade and his career at DC Comics included not on the work on the aforementioned titles but the two Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn miniseries and Justice League as well. His falling out with DC editor Kevin Dooley led to a revamp of his “Emerald Twilight” story and his departure from DC in 1994. In 2004 Jones released the book Men of Tomorrow which won an Eisner Award.