With the release of surveillance video showing Zay Jackson driving through the Wal-Mart parking lot with a man on the hood of his car, (you can see that video here) pressure has been growing on the school to release the sophomore guard.
Pressure also appears to be building on the attorney’s office as well, for agreeing to a plea deal that offered a “light” 30 days in jail for Jackson, despite the fact he was charged with a felony. First, the Paducah Sun reported earlier this week that the victims were unhappy with the deal.
Now, it appears the commonwealth attorney and the judge are meeting to discuss the sentence, ahead of Jackson’s formal sentencing next Monday.
According to the Murray Ledger and Times, that meeting is expected to happen sometime over the next few days. The reason? The judge, Dennis Foust, has “concerns” about what caused Jackson to strike two people with his car.
Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship says he’s confident Jackson’s 30 day sentence will stand. Jackson has begun serving that sentence on the weekends, while he remains enrolled at Murray State.
We’re also learning more details about Jackson’s current deal, if it stands. Along with the 30-day jail sentence, Jackson will perform community service, complete an anger management course and have his driving privileges revoked for 30 days. He will also be forced to pay restitution to the victims, although the details of which have yet to be worked out.
This deal also requires Jackson to stay out of trouble for the next 4 years. If he is convicted of a criminal offense during that time , he is subject to an automatic three-year jail sentence. It is not known at this time how egregious the offense will have to be to trigger this additional sentence.
Jackson currently remains indefinitely suspended from the team. No word on a possible timetable for his return, although according to AD Allen Ward, it appears Jackson will remain a part of the team. (Read his statement here)