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Charlottesville man sentenced to life for murder, drug charges

Antwan Jackson Was Found Guilty In April

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August 15, 2011

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA -- A local man who was convicted of drug, gun and murder charges in April, was sentenced this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Antwan Lamar Jackson, a former resident of Charlottesville, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison this morning, four months after a jury found him guilty of nine total charges including conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, distributing crack cocaine, witness intimidation and murder to prevent communication to a law enforcement officer.

“This morning’s sentence is an appropriately harsh punishment for a serious crime,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “This case shows that this office and the Department of Justice treat all violence, indeed all crime, the same, regardless of the status of the victim. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. I want everyone in the community to know that our work reflects that important fundamental principle.”

According to evidence presented at trial in April, Jackson supervised a drug market operation on Lindsay Drive in Charlottesville, selling mostly crack cocaine. The murder victim in this case, Jhonell Greene, was one of the regular customers of this drug market who eventually became a threat to Mr. Jackson’s business, a fact that ultimately led to his murder.

In June 2006, Mr. Greene and another man stole a package of crack cocaine from one of Mr. Jackson’s crack cocaine dealers. The day after the robbery, Jackson told the drug employee who had been robbed to “handle” Mr. Greene or Jackson would “handle” the employee.

After one failed attempt on his life, Mr. Jackson took matters into his own hands. Johnell Greene was shot at killed just before midnight on August 11, 2006 in the parking lot of the Lindsay Drive apartments. He was ambushed by Mr. Jackson as he and some friends were walking to a party.

Following the murder, Mr. Jackson was suspected of being involved, but convinced those around him to create a false alibi for the night of the murder. The case remained cold until 2009 when the United States Attorney’s Office got involved in order to bring justice to Mr. Greene’s family.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Orange Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Town of Orange Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy is prosecuting the case for the United States.

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