Updated with more details from today’s court appearance, and on the original charges
The new judge presiding over the Zay Jackson assault trial has rejected a plea deal that would have Jackson serving 30 days in jail on weekend for two counts of wanton endangerment.
In Calloway County court Wednesday, Judge Craig Clymer announced the rejection of the deal. Upon rejecting the deal, Clymer offered Jackson a new deal, which would have the Murray State guard serving up to one year in jail. He told Jackson that he could either take the new deal, or the case would go to trial.
Clymer also said that he didn’t want the community to feel that Jackson was getting off lightly because he was a student-athlete.
Even if Jackson is sentenced to up to a year, Judge Clymer did indicate that Jackson could apply for shock probation, which could allow Jackson to be out of jail in as few as 30 days. Unlike the original plea deal, those days would be served consecutively.
Clymer added that Jackson was already getting off lightly, when the original charges of assault, a Class C Felony, were reduced to wanton endangerment, and Class D Felony.
If the case goes to court, and Jackson is convicted, each wanton endangerment charge could bring one to five years in jail.
Under the original judge in the case, Dennis Foust, Jackson had agreed to the original plea, and served his first weekend. Jackson was never formally sentenced.
Jackson is still a member of the Racers, currently serving a full season suspension, but is allowed to practice with the team.
It is expected that Jackson will make his decision at his next scheduled court appearance in two weeks.