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Last Call shooter to serve 15 years

Carlos Jerome Jackson, 26, left, listens Friday at his sentencing in Douglas County District Court with his attorney, Jason Billam. Jackson received 15 years for the Feb. 10 shooting at Last Call, 729 N.H., which injured three people.

Carlos Jerome Jackson, 26, left, listens Friday at his sentencing in Douglas County District Court with his attorney, Jason Billam. Jackson received 15 years for the Feb. 10 shooting at Last Call, 729 N.H., which injured three people.

April 12, 2008

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Jackson sentenced to 15 years for Last Call shooting

A Topeka man will serve 15 years in prison for a shooting outside a Lawrence nightclub that injured three people. Enlarge video

A judge on Friday sentenced a Topeka man to serve 15 years in prison for shooting three people on Feb. 10 outside a former Lawrence nightclub.

"In spite of the plea agreement in this case, given the actions, your convictions and the injuries to these individuals, I am ordering that the sentences run consecutive to one another," said Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin.

Carlos Jerome Jackson, 26, had reached a plea agreement in March with prosecutors for the incident outside Last Call, 729 N.H. The bar has since closed.

Jackson pleaded guilty to three counts of reckless aggravated battery and had hoped to serve 10 years in prison with all three sentences running concurrently. But Martin instead ordered him also to serve 64 months in prison after the first 10 years.

Two Last Call bouncers, Brooks Weber and Bryan Canady, and a 15-year-old boy who had been in the club were shot by Jackson. Jackson, who earlier had taken marijuana and ecstasy at another nightclub, had said he was angry because he had just been in a fight. He had said he didn't intend to shoot anyone.

"I accept full responsibility for all my actions, and I apologize to the victims for what I have done," Jackson said. "I'm ready to pretty much get this put behind me and move on with my life."

But he also voiced disappointment when he left the courtroom because his attorney Jason Billam had asked Martin to follow the plea agreement, essentially giving him 10 years in prison. Martin refused.

As sheriff's officers escorted Jackson away, he said, "No justice."

Jackson will also pay restitution for the victims' injuries. A total has not yet been figured.

Two women, Sonda Washington, 33, and Sherise Spears, 20, both of Topeka, are charged with assisting Jackson after the shooting. They will next appear in court April 24.

Comments

RoseB 6 years ago

I think that the sentence that he was given is not fair, 15 years come on he didn't mean any harm, he obiviously wasn't in his right mind. Too bad our courts don't see the whole truth about things.

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Rabbitgoesthump 6 years ago

Are they questioning the parents as to why the hell there 15 year old was at a bar.and I know it was said since the bar was byob a 15 year old could be in there, so does that mean all the 15 year olds can go to the outhouse?

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Bill Chapman 6 years ago

Well, he might not like the sentence, but I find it quite adequate for such a stupid act. A gun should not be used "to scare people" - guns are lethal weapons! Treating them as anything else is foolish. Anyone owning a gun (legally OR illegally) that refuses or ignores the lethality of guns should NEVER be allowed to handle or own a firearm.

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faceit 6 years ago

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macon47 6 years ago

he must have made someone madthe judges in douglas county donthardly give 15 yrs for murder

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small_fish_in_small_pond 6 years ago

As sheriff's officers escorted Jackson away, he said, "No justice."With a comment like that, give him life!

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