Murray State guard Zay Jackson has rejected a plea deal on wanton endangerment charges.
In a Calloway County court, Jackson’s attorney announced that Jackson had chosen to reject the deal that would have the sophomore sentenced to a year in jail. Despite the official sentence, the judge in the case indicated is was likely that Jackson would have served much less, possibly as little as a month before possibly being shock probated.
Jackson will now face more severe 2nd degree assualt charges, which he was originally charged with after the September incident.
The case will now go to a grand jury.
It’s just the latest twist in a case that already seen more than it’s fair share. A new judge is overseeing the case, and refused an original plea deal that would have Jackson serve 30 days on weekend. Now with the release of the Wal-Mart surveillance video, it appears unlikely the case will even be heard in Murray, which also means another likely delay in the future.
For Jackson, it’s a roll of the dice. The surveillance video speaks for itself, and there’s little if nothing to indicate that Jackson wasn’t behind the wheel of the car in question.
If convicted, Jackson faces from 2-5 years for each of his two assault counts.