FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 30, 2019
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Richmond Man Found Guilty of 2012 Murder; Faces Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole
Martinez, Calif. – On September 26, a Contra Costa County jury found defendant Jonathan Jackson (37-year-old) of Richmond, California guilty of four felonies, including the murder of Jane Doe, an elderly woman. The jury also found Jackson guilty of kidnapping Jane Doe to commit rape, forcible rape and sexual penetration by foreign object.
On January 28, 2012 in the early morning hours, Jane Doe was found nearly lifeless at the Big O Tires along San Pablo Avenue in Richmond. Jackson committed the heinous attack against her at that business in an alcove. This alcove was recessed from the storefront and hid the victim from the view of any passerby. Six months later she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries inflicted on her by the defendant. The Richmond Police Department investigated the case.
Initially, no suspect was identified at the time of the brutal attack. In 2016, Jackson was arrested for a felony offense by the Pittsburg Police Department triggering the collection of a DNA sample from him. Jackson’s DNA profile was entered into CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System which is a database that has been pivotal in solving countless criminal cases. Jackson’s profile matched a profile submitted by the Richmond Police Department from evidence they collected at the time of the crime. Richmond Police detectives resumed their investigation and solved the case.
“This day has been a long time coming; justice was finally served in this case thanks to the hard work of the Richmond Police Department, the patience of the victim’s family and the thoughtfulness of the jury who listened to all of the evidence,” Deputy District Attorney Aron DeFerrari stated. “In the end, the justice system is about shining a light on the truth, today that happened, and that is a good thing.”
Jackson now faces a maximum sentence life without the possibility of parole in state prison. Sentencing will occur on December 13, 2019 in front of the Honorable Rebecca Hardie - Department 5 of the Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.
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