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Patrick Jackson guilty on all 5 counts

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Something happened in an Albany courtroom Thursday that lawyers say they haven't seen in a long time.

A jury found a defendant guilty of killing a man who was visiting Albany on a job interview, but then one of the jurors changed his mind.

20-year-old Patrick Jackson walked out of the courtroom in handcuffs and chains with tears in his eyes just moments after a judge sentenced him to life plus five years in prison.

Jackson didn't speak to us but both his family and the victim's family waited nervously just before the verdict was in.

Jurors found him guilty on all 5 counts.

"This defendant was primarily party to the crime, he provided the weapon that was used to facilitate this situation and cause the death of two people," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.

According to prosecutors Jackson was one of three teenagers who burst into a room at the Motel 6 in East Albany in November 2007 to rob 27-year-old Brandon Todd.

Todd died but not before he exchanged gunfire with the robbers and killed one of them.

"I don't feel joy, I don't feel like I'm in a celebratory mood I feel bad for the defendants," said Jeff Todd.

Todd's father was in the courtroom when Patrick Jackson took the stand after sentencing.

Jackson told the victim's father "I am sorry for the loss of your son....but I don't believe my life should be taken for something I didn't do...I also lost a homeboy," said Jackson.

"I appreciate him looking me in the eye and apologizing to me, and I do appreciate that," said Todd.

This wasn't the first guilty verdict the jury returned.

Earlier in the day, they announced guilty verdicts but when jurors were polled individually, one of them said he wasn't comfortable with the verdict.

The juror said he was afraid Patrick Jackson's family would harm him for finding Jackson guilty.

So, the judge removed that juror, replaced him with an alternate, and ordered the jury to deliberate again.

In the end the prosecution said justice was served.

"Were satisfied with the verdict, and I think the message young people need to take is no friend will ask you to do anything that will get you into trouble," said Edwards.

"He was a warm, friendly, loving person, Brandon didn't meet a person he didn't like," said Todd.

Next week would have been Brandon Todd's 29th birthday.

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