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Lengthy prison sentence result of flights from police

Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:27 PM
Last updated 7:52 PM
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A man who fled a traffic stop and crashed his vehicle twice in a two-week period pleaded guilty to multiple charges Thursday.

Michael Christopher Jackson, 38, was loaded with drugs and money during both events, and in the second incident the deputies chasing Jackson believed he fired two gunshots in their direction.

Jackson, who must still use a walker because of spinal damage from the second crash, told Judge J. Wade Padgett that he had a gun but didn’t shoot it.

Jackson entered an Alford plea to the charge of aggravated assault on a police officer. The plea means Jackson doesn’t admit his guilt, but acknowledges the sufficiency of the evidence to warrant a conviction.

As defense attorney Pete Theodocion told the judge, with the evidence against Jackson for the Dec. 28 and Jan. 13 crimes and his criminal history, a jury trial was inadvisable.

Padgett accepted Jackson’s plea negotiation and sentenced him to 17 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols said Jackson has a pending criminal case in Alabama for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In Georgia, Jackson’s convictions go back to 1995 and include burglaries, thefts, at least four drug convictions and multiple traffic offenses stemming from other flights from police officers.

On Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court, Jackson added to his criminal record with convictions for aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and two weapon violations.

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corgimom 07/24/14 - 07:32 pm
Michael Christopher Jackson

Look him up on the Ga inmate locator.

17 years in prison doesn't mean anything to him, he's been in and out of prison for years.

corgimom 07/24/14 - 08:05 pm
What is terrible is that the

What is terrible is that the taxpayers of Georgia has to pay for his medical costs for a crash that was HIS FAULT.

AFjoe 07/25/14 - 08:03 am

How can people with such a long history be allowed to go on until they either kill/wound cops. Total disregard for the law.
See you in 2031.

jimmymac 07/25/14 - 10:25 am

American needs a country wide three strikes law to put a stop to career criminals like this thug. Three strikes and it's prison for life. Kill during the commission of a crime and it's an automatic death penalty. One appeal and then sentence is carried out not 20 years later.

JustSpeakingMyMind 07/25/14 - 01:44 pm
AFJoe you are kidding

AFJoe you are kidding yourself if you think he will be in prison until 2031. This slime bag will be back out doing the same stuff by 2021, if we are lucky, if not it will be sooner.

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