Stanley Miles Simons, Murderer of Freedom Writers Actor Armand Jones, Poses for Ugliest Police Mugshot

Categories: Crime-iny, Film
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OK, to be honest, a high-speed pursuit suspect's police mugshot was uglier than Stanley Simons' shown here.

But this week's winner committed a much, much uglier crime.

Simons, 24, helped take from the world rising star Armand Jones, who was gunned down in Anaheim shortly after he finished filming the Hilary Swank movie Freedom Writers.

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Armand Jones' shot at stardom ended in March 2006.
In fact, the 18-year-old was at the Boogie nightclub March 17, 2006, celebrating the last day of shooting the film inspired by the real-life experiences of Erin Gruwell (played by two-time Oscar winner Swank), who left the safety of her hometown of Newport Beach to teach at underachieving Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach.

Jones played Grant Rice, a student and gang member who escaped a drive-by shooting death in Freedom Writers.

Ironically, he was killed by Long Beach gang members.

A group of nine or 10 followed two of Jones' friends, Giovanni Boyd and Dwayne Washington, into a restroom at a Denney's Restaurant next to the Boogie, robbing them at gunpoint of shoes, jewelry and cell phones. When Jones went inside to see what was going on, he was also robbed.

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's Office
Stanley Miles Simons, the first to be tried and the first to be convicted in Jones' slaying.
As the gang bangers fled, Jones and his friends gave chase through the restaurant and into the parking lot. A gun was fired at their pursuers. Jones was shot once in the shoulder, but the bullet pierced through his chest. Bleeding, Jones staggered back into Denny's, collapsed and died. Ronnell Spencer, who had also been celebrating at the Boogie before hitting Denny's, ran outside because of the commotion. He was shot once in the head but survived.

Freedom Writers was released after Jones died.

Simons was the first of six reputed Long Beach gang members to stand trial in the case. He was convicted this week of first-degree murder with special circumstances and faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole from Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals on July 15.

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More (alleged) uglies: Jerrell Kelly (left) and Damon Hill.
The accused triggerman, 29-year-old Charles Reynolds, just concluded a pre-trial hearing. Also up on similar charges are: Damon Hill, 26; Jarrell Kelly, 22; Yolanda Brown, 26; and Nicholas Valerio, 29.

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yarbbree
yarbbree

Let me say for the record that I love armand an I grew up with him and I kno his family well this boys life was taking wayyyyyy to soon over sumthng so senseless! I'm glad that they have caught all of the ppl that was involved an all of them deserve the death penalty I'm sadden an I'm very sad that my friend is no longer around but I smile today knowing that Armand's mother an his sister Aaliyah can have some sort of closure. Death is a very sad thing if u haven't lived! Armand hadnt lived his life to the fullest but I'm elated that he touched so many lifes while he was here on earth :) ily Armand jones rip my angel

Blkrlphlauren
Blkrlphlauren

Simple fact is Armand was also claiming a Long Beach gang as well. He was targeted! Like the article said, someone from his side fired shots first. I knew all of the people from both sides and had friends on each side. The whole incident was senseless and could of been avoided, Jahrell and Nicholas do deserve a fair trial, there were numerous people at the Denny's that night.

Blkrlphlauren
Blkrlphlauren

Simple fact is Armand was also claiming a Long Beach gang as well. He was targeted! Like the article said, someone from his side fired shots first. I knew all of the people from both sides and had friends on each side. The whole incident was senseless and could of been avoided, Jahrell and Nicholas do deserve a fair trial, there were numerous people at the Denny's that night.

art
art

Just FYIThe trail of Jarrell Kelly and Nicholas Valerio has started as of today, February 22, 2012.It's taking place at the Santa Ana Superior court.

Elitehair562
Elitehair562

Let me first pay all my respects to the family off the victims. I have lost a love one under these circumstances. and it does hurt. First of all you should go Thur the discovery  and the facts of the case before you make judgment. Just because someone is charged with something doesn't  mean that they are guilty. If that was the case then it wouldn't have taken then DA to 4 years to pick up the last suspects. Damon Hill Lied and brought 4 more defendants in on this case just because he didn't want to do the time for WHAT HE DID!! theres many more people out there that know that this statement that i made is true but don't want to come forward. this is just a lesson to all the young kids out there . watch you call a  friend because that friend can lie and have you on trial facing the rest of your life for something he did.

Guest
Guest

I hope you are not currently part of the jury panel for this case. I served jury duty as part of that jury pool and the judge specifically told prospective jurors not to use the internet for any research related to the case. Those two men deserve a fair trial.

Freddyjohnson
Freddyjohnson

They did the crime all of em no do the time ..stop wit all the excuses..if u were there u play the same role as the shooter..cold heart truth...deal with it prayers goes out to the victims family..may peace be with your Fam.

Pjdollasign
Pjdollasign

Fuck them they kelt my homeboy so they deserve to die in jail. Armand cant be brought back right? Ok then so y would they be brought back in the streetsall thats going to case is more gang violence and some one to get pay back.

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