Stanley Miles Simons, Murderer of Freedom Writers Actor Armand Jones, Poses for Ugliest Police Mugshot
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.
|Armand Jones' shot at stardom ended in March 2006.|
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.
|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.|
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.
|More (alleged) uglies: Jerrell Kelly (left) and Damon Hill.|