You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 4:37 p.m.

2nd ex-EMU football player charged in burglary in campus dormitory

By Lee Higgins


Jairockeis Jones

A second former Eastern Michigan University football player has been charged in connection with a burglary earlier this month at a campus dormitory.

Jairockeis Sharod Jones, 18, a freshman wide receiver who was recently dismissed from the team, was arraigned Monday at 14A-1 District Court on a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property of more than $1,000, but less than $20,000, court records show.

Jones, of Palm Coast, Fla., was released on a promise to appear.

EMU Interim Public Safety Director Bob Heighes said Jones hid a computer that he knew had been stolen during a burglary at Walton Residence Hall at the Ypsilanti campus.

The computer and an i-Pod were taken from an unlocked room about 6:10 p.m. Oct. 9, police said.

EMU head football coach Ron English announced Friday that Jones had been dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Freshman defensive lineman Wilbert Mitchell was dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules Oct. 11, the same day he was charged in the burglary. Heighes said Jones hid the computer for Mitchell.

Mitchell, 19, of Tulsa, Okla., is charged with second-degree home invasion and conspiracy. He also was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 1 for a pretrial hearing.

Jones is scheduled to return to court Nov. 1 for a preliminary hearing. Heighes said the investigation continues.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 2:27 p.m.

Ron English recruits? Yeah, he would have done well at UM.

Buster W.

Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 1:52 p.m.

It bothers me that these are Ron English's recruits, a guy that I thought instilled discipline and good character. Not so sure now.


Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 1:46 p.m.

It's unfortunate but this young man 'MAY' have just ruined his life especially if he was kicked out of school too. To the young adults out there, please think about what you are doing. I know you're young and you think you know everything but one wrong decision, albeit would have to be big, could alter your life for good.


Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 12:28 p.m.

If this had happened to MSU players, Dantonio would have them ready to play football next Saturday.


Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 5:18 a.m.

Although he has an impressive body, the picture is a bit tacky. Is this what happens when a "news" organization pulls photos from suspects facebook pages?


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 10:21 p.m.

What's wrong with the photo? Is it of the wrong person?

David Briegel

Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 9:36 p.m.

Hey, they are just keeping up with MSU! and I really agree on the photo. Shame on!


Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 9:21 p.m.

really couldnt have come up with a different pic of the suspect?? Maybe the EMU football programs? LOL