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Man sentenced to prison

October 13, 2001

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James Jackson, 60, who once owned Mask-Snorkel-Fin Inc., is going to prison for 17 years on convictions of sodomy and taking indecent liberties with a child.

None of Jackson's three victims were present for the sentencing in Douglas County Chief Judge Mike Malone's courtroom, but their mothers were.

"You are one lost ship," one of the mothers told Jackson during the hearing. "I can't begin to tell you the hurt and extreme anger I have."

Malone sentenced Jackson, 60, to serve a total of 118 months in prison on each of two counts of sodomy and 64 months for taking indecent liberties with a child. He ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

But Malone also said they will run consecutively to a sentence he handed down last week for Jackson in a separate indecent liberties case. Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in jail for that conviction.

Jackson had pleaded no contest to all of the charges in both cases. The victims were 15 or 16 years old at the time the crimes occurred from February 2000 to March 2001. Jackson met them through his scuba-diving business, where they took scuba-diving lessons, police and prosecutors said.

Jackson no longer owns or is connected to the store. It has new owners and a different name.

As he did during last week's hearing, Jackson apologized to his victims and blamed his mental state for the crimes. He said he had been depressed over the loss of his wife and son in the past few years.

-- Staff writer Mike Belt can be reached at 832-7165.

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