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James. H Jackson
Officers Joseph Ilacqua and Laverne Fields
Murder x 2
Minimum/ Maximum Sentence:
- 50 Years
8, 1980 police were called to the Leader Drug Store after the
reported a man harassing customers and panhandling at the
store. Patrolman Joseph F. Ilacqua and Patrolman Laverne Fields
responded to the call. When Patrolman Ilacqua approached the
suspect, who was later identified as James H. Jackson,
he pulled out a gun and began shooting at Patrolman Ilacqua
Fields. Patrolman Ilacqua, after being hit in the groin, fell
to the ground. Jackson ran to the Superior Building and
hid behind pillars while continuing to shoot at police. 20
policeman responded to the scene and Jackson was finally subdued
police shot him in the chest. Fortunately none of Jackson's
bullets hit or killed any of the responding officers.
Patrolman Ilacqua survived his wounds as did the suspect James
Jackson went on trial
after being charged with four counts of attempted murder for
shooting at police. A jury found him guilty of two counts of
attempted murder for shooting at Officers Ilacqua and Fields.
Common Pleas Judge Roy F. McMahon sentenced Jackson to 14 to
50 years in prison.
Ohio Parole Board records
state, "He [Jackson] was last heard by the Parole Board
in October 2010. At that time, he had poor institutional conduct
to segregation for being disrespectful and threatening toward
staff." Jackson is also a multi-state offender
and his a criminal history that includes Larceny, Storehouse
Break-in and Breaking and Entering.
James H. Jackson attempted
to kill two Cleveland Ohio Police Officers and open fire on
many more. Only by The Grace of God no officers were killed
as a result of Jackson's actions. James Jackson has no respect
for authority and his actions clearly demonstrate
he has no problem shooting at police officers.
Paroling James Jackson would present a serious risk to both
the community and law enforcement. Based on the fact James
H. Jackson attempted to kill two police officers in the line
of duty we believe James H. Jackson should serve his maximum
sentence of 50 years in prison.
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