Albany man jail sentence reduced

Albany man jail sentence reduced

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A former Marine was set free today when a judge reduced his sentence for attacking a police officer during his daughter's middle school softball game.
48 year old Michael Jackson was released after serving nearly 8 months of his original 18 month sentence.

In September 2013, Jackson attacked a Dougherty County School Police officer, when he and his wife were ordered to leave the game.  
Jackson pleaded guilty in November.

Attorney's argued Tuesday that PTSD after combat may have caused his violence and the sentence was too harsh.

Attorney Jim Finkelstein said "It's extraordinary for somebody to have received a sentence as long as this. First offender. Spotless criminal history.  Nothing, not even an arrest.  Served honorably in the military.  Saw combat."

Jackson will serve out the remainder of his sentence on probation.  Finkelstein said he expects Jackson to rejoin his family in Thomasville.

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