Jackson guilty of violating probation
By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly
Thursday, February 22, 2018
HERTFORD — A Hertford town councilman already facing a 10-day jail sentence for resisting a police officer during a traffic stop has been sentenced to more than a year of supervised probation for having a handgun during the stop — a violation of his probation for an earlier conviction.
Quentin Jackson was found guilty of violating his probation and sentenced to 16 months of supervised probation by Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett during a hearing in Dare County on Monday.
Jackson was initially sentenced to probation following his conviction in Dare County in 2016 on a charge of accessing a computer without proper authority.
As a condition of that probation, Jackson is not supposed to have a handgun in his possession.
However, during Jackson’s trial in Perquimans County last week on charges of displaying a fictitious license tag and resisting an officer, the police officer who pulled him over during a Feb. 1 traffic stop testified the town councilman had a handgun on the passenger’s seat next to him.
District Court Judge Edgar Barnes found Jackson guilty Feb. 14 of resisting an officer but not of displaying a fictitious tag. Barnes sentenced Jackson to serve an active 10-day jail sentence. The sentence is on hold, however, because Jackson has appealed it to Superior Court.
In an interview with The Daily Advance following his arrest, Jackson acknowledged having a handgun in the vehicle he was driving. He claimed the handgun was holstered and that he advised the officer who stopped him of having it. Jackson also claimed he handed the holstered weapon to the officer.
Jackson said he got out of his vehicle — and did not follow the officer’s instructions to go back to his vehicle — because he got upset when he saw the officer attempt to remove the handgun from the holster. Jackson said he asked the officer to return his handgun. Instead, the officer placed him under arrest for resisting an officer and took him into custody.
Hertford police have not responded to a request for an interview about Jackson’s charges.
Jackson could not be immediately be reached for comment Thursday about Tillett’s decision to find him guilty of violating probation.
Daily Advance Staff Writer William F. West contributed to this story.