The National Park Service ranger who drove Ghislane Maxwell to the Conservatory of the City of New York in October 2017 for a romantic rendezvous was her boyfriend, a medical marijuana patient she met while watching shows about fictitious world leaders on the “Conan” show.
Stacey Jones, 52, was sentenced to 30 days in jail Thursday on misdemeanor official misconduct. He will likely serve fewer than two days in prison, and the term must be served on weekends. At a hearing last month, prosecutors asked that he also be barred from running for office for 20 years, a penalty that would effectively end his career.
The heavily redacted Park Service notes in Jones’s personnel file provide a terrifying behind-the-scenes view of the escort that we’ve all been expecting to see unfold in a nationally televised spectacle. It’s revoltingly mundane.
Bellamy was dressed in a winter jacket, pajama pants and a hoodie and smelled of alcohol when she told police she and Maxwell were going to spend the night. She “said she was going to give [Jones] a ride,” but he was “saying the car needed to take [her] there” in a security booth, she told police. When she did stop to answer Jones’s question about what time she would be leaving, “she said that she needed to wait until [Jones] got her ride home,” according to the court papers.
Jones admitted that he brought Maxwell, who had a Section 8 voucher for her apartment, to his cubicle and gave her a ride in his parked car “where she vomited onto the floors and windshield of the vehicle,” the documents said.
When she passed out in his car after about a half-hour, Jones “said he called the [Park Police] for assistance. Maxwell woke up again and asked if Jones brought her a burrito,” the papers said. “When she refused, Maxwell proceeded to ask for and receive a dinner enchilada from [Jones] while she continued to vomit and she barely understood what he was telling her.” Maxwell was charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
The warrants for Jones’s arrest included charges of driving while intoxicated. Jones would have faced a potential up to three years in prison if convicted of all of the offenses that were signed into evidence, including: driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, making an obscene gesture at an officer, tampering with physical evidence, furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a person whose age does not reflect the physical appearance of the person, and failing to provide driver’s information.