SAVANNAH, GA – A convicted felon faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to planning and executing a string of armed robberies and carjackings across Georgia and South Carolina in November 2018.
Demetrius Lamar Jackson, a/k/a “Meechy,” 30, of Savannah, pled guilty today to Discharging and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to Crimes of Violence, Carjacking and Attempted Carjacking, Interference with Commerce by Robbery, and Conspiracy to Use and Carry Firearms During Crimes of Violence, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood accepted Jackson’s guilty plea.
Jackson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 17 years in prison. The court retains the authority to sentence Jackson to prison for life, and there is no parole in the federal system.
“Jackson is a dangerous, violent criminal whose rampage across two states left innocent people injured and victimized – and fortunate to still be alive,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “A law-abiding citizen with a legal firearm finally brought Jackson’s reign of terror to an end, and a substantial federal prison term will ensure the community’s safety from him for many years to come.”
According to court statements and filings, in November 2018, Jackson perpetrated a two-and-a-half-week crime spree across Georgia and South Carolina, including:
Jackson and Morgan were both arrested shortly after the shooting, and a search of the Tahoe revealed bloody clothes, the stolen .22 caliber pistol used in the crimes, and numerous stolen items.
For her role in the crime spree, Morgan was charged with federal crimes in the District of South Carolina. On Aug. 27, 2019, Morgan pled guilty to charges of Conspiracy to Use and Carry a Firearm During Crimes of Violence and Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.
Jackson’s charges stem from two separate indictments brought by grand juries sitting in the Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia. The Northern District’s indictment was transferred to the Southern District. The U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Middle District of Georgia and District of South Carolina were important in bringing these cases to resolution.
“Jackson committed horrible violent acts, even pointing and firing guns at men and women of various ages and backgrounds with no regard for their lives,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak of the Northern District of Georgia. “We are committed to safe neighborhoods and communities no matter where they are. This case should clarify for anyone who chooses to follow in Jackson’s footsteps that we will find you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”
“I want to commend the law enforcement agencies in Georgia and South Carolina who tracked down and captured a violent man bent on causing grave harm to whomever crossed his path during this terrorizing crime spree,” said Charlie Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “We are pleased that justice will be served for the innocent victims in this matter.”
“Jackson went on a weeks-long crime spree and terrorized innocent individuals across two states. Hopefully the victims who were traumatized by him can take comfort in the fact that he has pled guilty and will now have to pay the penalty for his reign of terror,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI would like to thank our state and local law enforcement partners who helped bring this violent defendant to justice.”
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Savannah Police Department, the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Department, the Valdosta Police Department, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the East Point Police Department, the City of Conyers Police Department, the Aiken (S.C.) Department of Public Safety, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, and the Georgetown (S.C.) City Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of Georgia and Theodore S. Hertzberg of the Northern District of Georgia prosecuted Jackson’s cases for the United States.
Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422