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Evansville man sentenced to home detention

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An Evansville man appeared in Putnam County Circuit Court and was given a four-year sentence for Class C felony possession of cocaine.

Robert A. Jackson, 49, was sentenced to four years with one and one-half years served on home detention and the remainder to be suspended and spent on probation.

Jackson will receive credit for the 31 days he spent in the Putnam County Jail after his arrest and 282 additional days he has spent on home detention. He must also pay fines and costs associated with his case.

Jackson was arrested on March 15 on charges of Class A felony dealing in cocaine and the Class C felony possession charge. He originally entered not guilty pleas, but under the terms of a plea agreement he pled guilty to the possession charge on Nov. 20 in exchange for the dismissal of the dealing charge. He was allowed to be released to home detention on March 31.

Jackson was arrested after Putnam County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dwight Simmons stopped the black Escalade Jackson was driving near the 40-mile marker on I-70 in Cloverdale Township due to plate light housings on the vehicle that needed bulbs replaced.

Simmons called Deputy Craig Sibbitt, who had a K9 drug dog with him, for backup.

According to court documents, the dog alerted the officers to the "presence of narcotic odor on both the driver's door seam as well as the passenger side door seam."

Officers initiated a search of Jackson's vehicle and discovered about four ounces of cocaine in the center console, court documents said.

Jackson told officers he had had a cocaine addiction for about 10 years and that he did not intend to sell the drugs.

Jackson's prior criminal history includes battery and fraud convictions.

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I posted a previous comment about the guy who got stopped in Cloverdale for a minor traffic offense. His car was searched because he had no proof of insurance with him. I think that was an illegal search as well as this one!! I do NOT do drugs nor do i condone them. But, I am going to have to research what constitutes a "legal" search by a police officer for a normal traffic violation. I believe anytime a drug dog is paraded around a car after a normal traffic stop- that is an illegal search. I am eager to hear the findings from Judge Headley on the Cloverdale case. The guy's lawyer said it was an illegal search. On a side note: why do you call for backup because a car has a license plate light out?

-- Posted by Rome on Wed, Jan 28, 2009, at 5:34 PM

Who was the judge? What a WEENIE!!! Jackson also had a prior criminal record. In Putnam county maybe crime does pay. Do the deputies in this county ever wonder "Why try"????

-- Posted by calcans1 on Wed, Jan 28, 2009, at 9:17 PM

Smaller Gov Now,

yes i've been to florida but thats not really the point. i dont care if 10 cops are at a stop- just dont illegally search the car!!

-- Posted by Rome on Fri, Jan 30, 2009, at 4:29 PM

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