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Jackson arraigned for violation of probation; released pending hearing in January

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.

Jackson, 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.

Jackson was 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 Heather Trapnell.

Jackson, 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.

During a 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.

Jackson 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.

According 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.

According 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 case.”

The court 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.”

Jackson 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.

This story is featured in the Dec 12, 2019 e-Edition.

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