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Man Sentenced to More Than 8 Years in Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession and Attempted Murder

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

CHICAGO — A man has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm and using it to shoot at individuals on Christmas morning in 2019.

Shortly after 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2019, RASHID JACKSON fired three shots from a semiautomatic handgun at individuals in the middle of a residential street in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.  CPD officers patrolling the area after the shooting arrested Jackson approximately half a block from the shooting scene.

Jackson, 27, of Chicago, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Jackson had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses in state court and was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.  U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall on Monday imposed a 100-month prison sentence after finding that Jackson’s actions in the Christmas shooting constituted attempted second-degree murder.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John S. Morales, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI, and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cornelius A. Vandenberg.

Updated December 14, 2022

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