By Patrick Yost
A 22–year–old Madison man charged with shooting and killing a man over a $20 gambling debt pled guilty to murder last week in Morgan County Superior Court.
Mentavious Jackson, who was 21 at the time of the murder, pled guilty to one count murder, one count aggravated assault and one count possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. Jackson was sentenced to life imprisonment by Superior Court Judge Trent Brown, III.
Jackson was arrested on December 21, 2015 after, warrants allege, he shot and killed Christopher Reid while the men were at the Burney Street residence of Steve Mathis, a residence that was being used as a site for gambling. Following the shooting Mathis was also arrested and charged by city officials with maintaining a disorderly house and maintaining a gambling operation.
The shooting occurred at 2:30 a.m. Jackson was arrested at approximately 4 a.m. near a Madison Avenue residence where he had used the same Lorcin .380 handgun he shot Reid with to threaten a woman by holding the gun to her head.
Reid was 44–years–old at the time of his death and is survived by three children.
On January 27, Ocmulgee Superior Court Senior Judge William Prior revoked the probation of Jackson and sentenced him to 40 years on two counts of burglary, one count of interference of government property and one count of violation of street gang terrorism and prevention act. He and several other subjects had been charged after the Morgan County High School was ransacked and burglarized on January 10, 2011.