CLEVELAND – A Cleveland man who robbed a Lorain drug store and shot a woman dead on the floor of a Cleveland laundromat last year was convicted following a two-week trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Jeremiah Jackson, 29, could receive the death penalty when sentenced Monday.
Although his trial was held in Cleveland, Jackson’s robbery spree stretched to Sandusky and included 11 victims.
During the last known robbery, Jackson entered the Soap Opera Laundry on West 25th Street in Cleveland on June 18 and held a gun to 38-year-old Tracy Pickryl, demanding money. When she attempted to give him $6 in coins, he refused, yanked jewelry off her and fatally shot her in the head, according to prosecutors.
He then turned toward a 27-year-old female employee and received $75, to which Jackson responded by firing a shot at her head. She ducked and was not hit.
He was arrested two days later.
Police believe the robbery spree began June 2 when Jackson and 31-year-old Maurice Harrison, also of Cleveland, entered a 40-year-old man’s home on East 54th Street in Cleveland and refused to let him leave while they searched his belongings and shot him in the stomach. The victim was able to escape through a window.
On June 15, the pair was joined by 25-year-old Katrina Dickerson and robbed a laundromat on Fleet Avenue in Cleveland, according to prosecutors. Just 30 minutes later, the three robbed Hobo Joe’s Bar on East 71st Street with the help of James Dixon, 25.
Two days later, all four robbed Brickhouse Bar & Grill on Harvard Avenue at 1:30 a.m. then drove to Sandusky, where they robbed a Howard Johnson Express Inn at 5 a.m. They stole $161 while pointing a gun at a 20-year-old female employee’s head and then tied her feet and hands with duct tape.
Less than an hour later, the four struck again, this time in Lorain at the Walgreens at 5411 Leavitt Road. During the robbery they put a 61-year-old customer from LaGrange in a headlock with a gun to his head and took his car keys, cell phone and wallet before forcing him into a storage closet. They also threw a drink bottle at an employee and searched two other employees at the store before fleeing.
Jackson was convicted of all 40 charges leveled against him, including aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felonious assault.
His accomplices have all been sentenced, Dickerson to eight years, Harrison to 21 years and Dixon to 24 years in prison.
Contact Adam Wright at 329-7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.