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Jackson gets 6-year term

Thursday, February 17, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle woman who injured four people with a knife during a September 2009 fight at a local tavern has been given a six-year sentence.

Treva J. Jackson, 37, was convicted of two counts of Class D felony criminal recklessness. Judge Matthew Headley sentenced her to concurrent three-year sentences (the maximum sentence for a Class D felony). Jackson received credit for 264 days she had spent in jail, and Headley suspended the rest of the sentence and placed Jackson on probation for the remainder of her term.

Jackson was originally in court to be sentenced on Jan. 27. On that date, Headley ordered her to submit to a urine drug screen. That screen came back negative, and the order on sentencing was delayed.

Originally, Jackson faced four charges of Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon, for which she could have received a 32-year sentence. A plea agreement reduced two of the charges.

At about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2009 Jackson was at Old Topper Tavern in Greencastle. She got into a verbal spat with another female patron at the bar, Jessica Phares, and the two ended up in a physical scuffle.

Jackson pulled a knife on Phares, and three men, Toby Williams, Jeffrey King and Christopher Wasnidge-Williams, attempted to break up the fight. Phares, Williams, King and Wasnidge-Williams all sustained minor injuries, court records said.

Headley initially set Jackson's bond at $20,000 cash. In October, Jackson posted bond after a reduction to $20,000 with 10 percent allowed was authorized.

As a term of her bond, Jackson was ordered to hook up to electronic home monitoring through Putnam County Community Corrections. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her bond in November, and was sent back to jail.

Jackson was released from jail on Dec. 30 after entering a guilty plea to the two Class D felonies.

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Nothing against this defendant, don't know her, but in general has anyone else noticed a pattern in sentences handed down? Seems like when the judges know they are going to suspend the sentence they impose the maximum, but when the defendant is going to actually serve time they impose the state "recommended" guidelines or less. I guess that is one way to "look" tough on crime.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 7:40 AM

couldn't part of the punishment be "leave town and never come back"?

-- Posted by GRNT on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 10:20 AM

Sad is how this situation can be described.

-- Posted by bottomline on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 11:01 AM

It seems to me she would be a poor risk for probation, after violating the terms of her bond as recently as November.

-- Posted by ursula on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 3:20 PM

WHITEBOY u have a comment on everything on here dont u

-- Posted by conerned friend on Thu, Feb 17, 2011, at 10:47 PM

I like whiteboy's comments. In this case I'm surprised Treva didn't do more. She thought she was defending baby D. I hope she gets help. Losing a child would be horrible

-- Posted by mlooper on Fri, Feb 18, 2011, at 12:01 PM

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