Jackson gets 40 years

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By Patrick Yost editor

Superior Court Judge William Prior on Wednesday, January 27 revoked the probation of a 21–year–old Madison man accused of killing another man over a gambling argument.

Judge Prior adjudicated Mentavious Jackson as guilty of two counts of burglary, one count of interference of government property and one count of violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act. Jackson was originally charged after he and several other suspects burglarized and ransacked Morgan County High School on January 10, 2011.

According to incident reports at the time, five youths entered the school and ransacked several offices, broke windows and took unknown items. Judge Prior revoked Jackson’s probation and, instead, sentenced him to 20 years on each burglary charge to be served consecutively and five years each on the interference with government property and street gang terrorism charge to run concurrent for a total of 40 years confinement.

Jackson still faces adjudication on charges of murder, aggravated assault, theft by taking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jackson has remained incarcerated since the December 20 shooting. According to reports, Jackson was charged after he allegedly fatally shot Christopher Reid, 44, while the two men were gambling in the garage of a Burney Street residence. Authorities allege that Jackson shot Reid once in the chest with a small caliber pistol. Jackson was arrested while walking on Vine Street at 4 a.m. after he had allegedly threatened a Madison Avenue woman with a pistol. Reid was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency workers. The Burney Street house owner, Steve Mathis, 52, was arrested and charged with maintaining a disorderly house and maintaining a gambling operation.

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