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Man goes to prison for hostage standoff

A Forest Park man who held his ex-wife and her twin infant nephews hostage for several hours Aug. 10 was sentenced Friday morning to prison and got a stern warning from the judge.

Errol Lydell Jones, 46, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, battery under the Family Violence Act and obstructing a 911 call. Clayton County Superior Court Chief Judge Deborah Benefield sentenced Jones to serve two years of a seven-year sentence in prison.

The balance will be served on probation, said Benefield. She warned Jones to not violate the terms of his probation.

"If you hit anyone during your probation, especially the victim, I'll revoke you, I'll revoke you, I'll revoke you," she said.

Clayton Assistant District Attorney Bill Dixon said Jones argued with his estranged wife when she threatened to leave him because of his drug use.

"He hit her in the head and chest, leaving bruises, and kept her from making a 911 call and from leaving," he said.

Other terms of his sentence include completing a family violence intervention program, drug and alcohol evaluation and no contact with the victims.

During the standoff on Tanglewood Lane, Jones told Forest Park police no one would leave the house alive. The Clayton County police SWAT team was called out and officers used non-lethal means to get Jones to surrender. He was treated for minor self-inflicted wounds and released from a local hospital.