DC Judge Sentences Man To 12 Years In Jail For Drive-by Shooting And Stabbing

Wagswoofs –  In a significant ruling, DC Superior Court Judge Anthony Epstein has sentenced 29-year-old Alvin Jackson to 12 years in prison for his role in a drive-by shooting and a subsequent stabbing incident at the DC Jail.

Jackson was charged with several offenses, including conspiracy, assault with intent to kill while armed, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. These charges stemmed from a drive-by shooting incident that took place on May 2, 2020, on the 5000 block of H Street, SE. Three individuals were injured in the shooting, and Jackson was one of seven individuals charged in connection with the attack.

Judge Epstein acknowledged that there was insufficient evidence to establish Jackson’s involvement with the Simple City Crew, despite the prosecution’s claims that he was part of the criminal street gang.

Besides that, Jackson was linked to the stabbing of another DC Jail inmate on August 5, 2022. Jackson took a plea deal on April 20 and admitted to one count of assault with intent to kill while armed for the shooting and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon for the stabbing in jail. As part of the plea deal, other charges were dropped.

Jackson later attempted to retract his guilty plea, claiming that he did not fully comprehend the terms of the plea agreement as a result of his previous defense attorney’s alleged shortcomings. However, Judge Epstein dismissed this request, highlighting that Jackson did not assert his innocence regarding the crimes he had admitted to.

In the sentencing hearing, both the prosecution and Jackson’s defense attorney, Steven Kiersh, decided not to present further arguments. Instead, they referred to their sentencing memorandums.

In recognition of the severity of the crimes, Judge Epstein emphasized the gravity of a drive-by shooting and Jackson’s substantial involvement, even though he was not the actual shooter. The judge also pointed out that Jackson did not fully demonstrate remorse, as revealed in the pre-sentence report.

Jackson received a sentence of 12 years in total for the shooting incident, with 120 months for the shooting itself and an additional 24 months for the jail stabbing. These sentences will be served consecutively. After his release, Jackson will be under supervised release for five years and will also be required to register as a gun offender. There are currently no scheduled court dates for this case.

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