Evidence at trial revealed that on April 7, 2012 Albert Jackson was riding with a friend in the backseat of a car driven by a male with a woman and a small child seated on the front passenger seat. As the vehicle approached the area of Merton and Yale, Jackson pulled out a handgun and put the muzzle of the gun to the back of the driver's head. Jackson and the man fought over the gun while the car continued moving. As Jackson and the man struggled over the gun, Jackson tried to fire the gun several times. The car sideswiped the curb and crashed into a utility pole. The woman grabbed her baby and jumped from the vehicle. Jackson and the man fell from the car and Jackson continued to strike the man with the gun before fleeing the scene. The man, the woman and child were treated for injuries.
Aggravated assault is a class "C" felony. Jackson’s prior criminal convictions classify him as a range II offender with a sentence range between six (6) and ten (10) years. Employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony is also a class “C” felony and with his prior convictions, Jackson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten (10) years with no possibility of parole. Criminal attempt to commit voluntary manslaughter is a class “D” felony with a range II sentence between four (4) and eight (8) years Reckless endangerment and convicted felon in possession of a firearm are class “E” felonies with a range II sentence between two (2) and four (4) years.
Albert Jackson will be sentenced on October 14, 2013.
Assistant District Attorneys Meghan Fowler and Josh Corman prosecuted the case.
Judge Mark Ward presided.