Judge Jones oversaw the United States v. Sherman case on April 11, 2011. In this case, Francis David Sherman was charged with failing to register and update his Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act at the correct time, as well as for updating his travel out of both the state and country. Sherman was denied his attempt to have this charge dismissed.
Both in 1981 and 1998, Sherman was convicted of rape and deviant sexual assault. He was initially registered as a sex offender with the Virginia State Police in 2008, and notified of his obligation to update his registration every 90 days. Sherman complied with his first update, but the second, scheduled for April 8, 2009, was never made.
Before that date, Sherman allegedly stole a credit card and automobile and left Virginia with his girlfriend, eventually making it to Canada. He was arrested in September of 2010.