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Pensacola Man Sentenced to 135 Months in Prison for Assaulting a Law Enforcement Officer

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

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Thomas M. Jackson, 36, of Pensacola, Florida, has been sentenced to 135 months in prison for using a motor vehicle to assault a police officer with Naval Air Station Pensacola. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In March 2016, a police officer with the Naval Air Station Pensacola was on duty at the main gate when Jackson drove to the gate. The officer believed that Jackson was driving under the influence and tried to get Jackson to turn the vehicle off and surrender the keys. Jackson then accelerated the vehicle, striking the officer. The officer sustained several strained muscles and abrasions.

"Our law enforcement officers strive to keep us all safe, while putting themselves at risk," said United States Attorney Christopher P. Canova. Those who seek to harm our officers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

The case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Naval Air Station Pensacola Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey M. Tharp.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

For more information, contact:
Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer
(850) 216-3854,

Updated January 18, 2017

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