EL CENTRO — A judge has ordered that El Centro City Council Member Jason Jackson’s probation stemming from a 2017 animal-cruelty conviction be revoked for violations of probation that include traffic infractions and alleged perjury over those infractions, according to information provided by a senior county prosecutor.
who recently served a 10-day jail sentence on the conviction after exhausting
all his appeals, was ordered to an arraignment and probation revocation hearing
Dec. 9 by Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Plourd, who presided over the
original animal-cruelty case.
apparently released on his own recognizance Dec. 9 and ordered to attend a
second hearing on the matter scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8 in the Brawley West
Department courtroom, according to senior county Deputy District Attorney
through a new attorney in the case, is apparently attempting to have Plourd
disqualified from hearing the probation revocation case against him, according
to other published media reports. No information on that attempted
disqualification was immediately available by deadline.
Nov. 19 hearing where Jackson was remanded into custody to serve his 10-day
sentence, he was also trying to terminate his probation early through his
attorney Raj Singh, according to court filings provided by Trapnell. In those
proceedings, Plourd determined Jackson had not successfully completed probation
as he maintained in his declaration because he was convicted of two criminal
infractions, which were traffic-related.
violated his probation several times, the first two times by being convicted of
speeding. He was found guilty after a jury trial June 7 and a guilty plea July
11, according to court documents.
By filing a
false declaration in support of a motion to modify his probation to reduce his
jail sentence and terminate his probation early, Jackson again violated his
probation by not remaining law abiding, stated the court filing.
to court documents, Plourd believes the court found probable cause to believe
Jackson also perjured himself by preparing false documentary evidence in the
motion to vacate the terms of his probation early.
to the court filings, Singh asserted in his motion to vacate, “Because Mr.
Jackson has no criminal history prior to the instant (pending) case and has not
committed any probation violations or criminal offense since the date of the
incident, early termination of probation is warranted in the instant
filing quoted Jackson as saying, “I am making this request because I have
performed well on probation. I have no prior or subsequent criminal history. I
have no probation violations. I have been a model citizen.”
pleaded guilty to animal-cruelty on Aug. 17, 2017. He was initially charged
with a felony, which was reduced to a misdemeanor, for having a horse named
Raider in his care for which he failed to provide with proper food. He was
sentenced to 10 days in jail and probation, which set off a spate of appeals by
Jackson in attempt not to serve the jail sentence.