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Redby Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For The Violent Beating Death Of 23-Month-Old Son

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of GARY WAYNE JACKSON, JR., 26, to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder in the beating death of his 23-month-old son. JACKSON, who pleaded guilty on June 20, 2018, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Bemidji, Minnesota.

According to his guilty plea and documents filed in court, on January 2, 2018, JACKSON, in a fit of rage, repeatedly punched his 23-month-old son, resulting in the child’s death. Following the assault, JACKSON failed to seek appropriate medical care for his son. The final autopsy report revealed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and torso.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, and the Red Lake Police Department.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.


Defendant Information:


Redby, Minn.


  • Murder in the Second Degree, 1 count


  • 30 years in prison
  • Five years of supervised release



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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600


Updated September 27, 2018

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime