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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Harrisburg Man Charged With Possession With The Intent To Distribute Crack Cocaine

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the filing of an Indictment in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg today charging Donald Jackson, Jr. age 28, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

     The investigation was conducted by the Harrisburg Police Department and the FBI.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph J. Terz.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs.  For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 17, 2015