Jackson gets 30-60 years for shooting at Northern Regional officer
Despite pleas for mercy from Trev Bowies Jackson II and his mother, a York County judge imposed a lengthy sentence on Jackson for shooting at a Northern Regional police officer three times at point-blank range.
"He attempted to take the life of a police officer. It was a malicious, intentional and horrendous act," Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner said. "Mr. Jackson is a young man. ... But at this time, my obligation is to the community. And I believe Mr. Jackson is a threat to the community."
His concerns echoed those of chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday, who called Jackson "an extreme risk to ... public safety."
Bortner sentenced the 25-year-old Jackson to 30 to 60 years in state prison and said he hoped the man would find a reason to improve himself while locked up.
"It's fair to say that Mr. Jackson hasn't had an easy time of it as a young man," the judge noted, but he added that the case could easily have been a murder case, rather than an attempted murder case.
Northern York County Regional Police Officer Lynn Anderson Jr. somehow escaped a shot to the face at point-blank range and dove for safety as Jackson fired at him two more times. Anderson, now 30, suffered powder burns on his face and his eye, according to trial testimony.
The officer declined comment Tuesday afternoon after the sentencing hearing, and he did not speak in court Tuesday.
'Give me hope': Jackson, however, did address the judge. He didn't apologize to Anderson but did mention him.
"I would like the court to know that I thank God Officer Anderson was not seriously injured," Jackson said.
Jackson implored the judge to hand down a sentence that motivated Jackson to work hard in prison prior to being released "so I can make a difference in my community." He was raised on York City's south side.
"Your honor, I am asking that you give me hope," he said.
But Sunday argued Jackson's criminal history only makes his latest crime worse.
Jackson was just 13 years old when he was charged with robbery for an incident at a school dance. He also sold drugs as a juvenile, Sunday said, and as an adult was convicted of dealing drugs and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a gun.
"This defendant has a history ... of getting in serious trouble," Sunday told the judge.
The background: Jurors on March 23 found Jackson guilty of attempted first-degree murder, assault on a law-enforcement officer and reckless endangerment. They also found him guilty of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property for breaking into a shed and stealing a bicycle to make his escape.
Anderson pulled over Jackson for drifting between lanes and not using his turn signal about 10 p.m. Nov. 22, 2015, on Route 30 in Manchester Township. Both men turned into the Crossroads Shopping Center and stopped next to Rita's Italian Ice.
At trial, Anderson said he could smell marijuana in the car and that Jackson dropped his driver's license on the ground when asked for it.
"It was an indication to me that something wasn't right," he told jurors.
He asked Jackson to step out of his car, and Jackson complied. But almost immediately, Jackson spun around and fired at Anderson.
The bullet was so close to the officer it left powder burns on his face and in his right eye.
Returned fire: Anderson dove for cover as Jackson fired twice more at him before jumping back in his car and fleeing. The officer then returned fire, shooting Jackson in the left hand.
Jackson was eventually captured by U.S. marshals in Philadelphia.
Davis Younts, Jackson's defense attorney, said there's "a reasonable possibility" Jackson will appeal the verdict but said he and his client are still reviewing possible appeal issues.
Jackson previously served 5½ years in state prison for dealing crack cocaine and being a previously convicted felon in illegal possession of a gun.
Others charged: Three women were charged with hindering Jackson's apprehension. One of them, 24-year-old Cristina Perez, was a passenger in Jackson's car when he shot at Anderson.
Perez testified at trial she had no idea what was going to happen and tried to jump out when Jackson took off, but the car was moving too fast. He let her out a block or two later, she said.
She initially told police she knew nothing of the incident but quickly recanted and admitted being present at the scene. Her defense attorney, Bill Graff, said he'll ask prosecutors to "do the right thing" and drop his client's felony hindering charge because she didn't break the law.
Jackson's sometime girlfriend, 24-year-old Cathilia Laureano, pleaded guilty to her hindering charge for patching up Jackson's gunshot wound. She was sentenced to time served (34 days) to 18 months in prison.
The hindering case against the third woman, 34-year-old Xeomarie Velez-Quinones, remains active.
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