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Jackson faces more serious charge

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Quentin Jackson

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By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, October 11, 2018

HERTFORD — Hertford Town Councilman Quentin Jackson will face a more serious charge of assault on a government official in connection with an alleged punching incident involving another town councilor.

Jackson had been charged with simple assault following the alleged incident with fellow Hertford Town Councilman Sid Eley on Oct. 1. Jackson, 33, was charged by a Perquimans magistrate with striking Eley, 72, with a closed fist during an argument following a town council meeting.  

However, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the simple assault charge earlier this week and charged Jackson with assault on a government official.   

The new charge, while still a misdemeanor, carries the potential for more jail time if Jackson is convicted.

Jackson is now scheduled to appear in Perquimans District Court on Oct. 24. His bond has been increased from $1,000 unsecured to $2,000 unsecured.

Neither District Attorney Andrew Womble nor Jackson could be immediately reached for comment.

Eley has declined to comment, saying only that the incident with Jackson is under investigation.

According to state statutes, simple assault is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor. If the defendant doesn’t have any prior convictions, it is punishable by probation and up to 30 days in jail. If the defendant does have a prior conviction, the jail sentence can be extended up to 60 days.

Assault on a government official is considered a Class A1 misdemeanor. Defendants with no prior offenses face up to 60 days in jail if convicted of the offense. For defendants with between one and four prior convictions, the punishment if convicted is up to 75 days in jail. A defendant with five or more prior convictions can face up to 150 days in jail if convicted. For the purpose of determining sentencing, traffic violations don’t count as convictions.

Online documents on the N.C. Department of Public Safety website indicate Jackson was convicted in Dare County in 2016 for accessing a computer without authorization. In 2007 he was convicted of simple assault/affray, and in 2006 he was convicted of communicating threats and simple assault. He was sentenced to probation for all four convictions.

Jackson is currently awaiting trial in Superior Court on a charge of perjury. Jackson is alleged to have testified in court that he wasn’t on probation when he was stopped by Hertford police on Feb. 1 for a having a cardboard license plate and a gun in his car.

Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett found Jackson guilty of violating his probation for having the handgun and sentenced him to another 16 months of supervised probation.

In September Jackson was also found guilty of trespassing, but is appealing that decision to Superior Court.

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