October 30, 2014

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Psychologist says Gas USA shooter’s circumstances led to life of crime

Vincent Jackson Jr., left,  talks with his attorney, J. Anthony Rich, during a video conference with Jackson's grandmother in prison during the sentencing phase at Lorain County Justice Center on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vincent Jackson Jr., left, talks with his attorney, J. Anthony Rich, during a video conference with Jackson’s grandmother in prison during the sentencing phase at Lorain County Justice Center on Tuesday. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A forensic psychologist testified Wednesday that admitted killer Vincent Jackson Jr. suffers from a number of mental health ailments created in some cases by circumstances beyond his control that led him down a path of crime.

“There’s no question this youth was at risk for violence and homicidal behavior,” Dr. John Fabian said during the first day of his testimony on behalf of Jackson during Jackson’s sentencing hearing.

Jackson, 33, already has pleaded and been found guilty of aggravated murder and other charges for the June 2008 shooting death of Qiana Walton during a robbery at Gas USA on Middle Avenue in Elyria.

His defense lawyers have sought to portray his “chaotic” childhood as an explanation for his crimes in the hopes of convincing a three-judge panel that it mitigates the circumstances.

Jackson suffers from antisocial disorder with paranoid tendencies, Fabian said, a diagnosis characterized in part by a disregard for the rights of others.

Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo suggested later in the hearing that Jackson could be faking the symptoms of some of the psychological issues Fabian found during a string of interviews with Jackson and his family.

Fabian testified that Jackson is in the lower range of intellect, having an IQ of about 79, although he admitted that Jackson has demonstrated a higher IQ in some tests.

Those numbers put Jackson in the “borderline intellectually functioning range,” Fabian said.

He said a stroke Jackson suffered in 2012 while in the Lorain County Jail awaiting trial caused more damage to his motor skills than it did to his cognitive abilities.

He also testified that Jackson suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which helped make him a poor student.

Cillo countered later that Jackson’s father, Vincent Jackson Sr., had tried to provide a more stable home life and had taken an active interest in his son’s education. The elder Jackson testified Tuesday that his son once explained how to freebase cocaine during show-and-tell while in elementary school.

Fabian will return for more additional testimony when the hearing resumes today.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

  • luvmytoaster

    I feel so sorry for him…….I also had a poor upbringing living in a bad neighborhood, no food at times…..but I didn’t kill anyone. If you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime……

  • Mark B

    All this tells me is that h is parents and such should be charged for doing this to him , it does not excuse him for the crimes that he has committed.

  • kmzi

    Cry me a river. Again, if you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime. So much for another oxygen thief. Locked away for the rest of your life…

  • SpaceTech

    Personal CHOICES led him down the wrong path!

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    I think it is a sad story and a harsh taste of reality.

    That being said, put the dog down!

  • Bob Sweatt

    I hope they don’t delete this post.

    But F. U.!! I refuse to feel sorry for this animal. I too had a bad childhood. But instead of a live of crime. I choose to better myself and leave the the B.S. in the past.

    They want us to feel sorry for the P.O.S. Wrong he took a life and he deserves the same fate.

    • SniperFire

      Leftists journalists are only interested in telling the story of how an evil America creates victimhood. This is a good example of how they cannot see the forest for the trees.

  • ~ Melanie ~

    lets all feel sorry for him and not the victim! wow, just wow!!!!!!!!!

  • Sig man

    Life in prison is not justice. Time for “Old Sparky”.

  • rlm_Lorain

    He didn’t “take a life”, he executed an innocent woman in cold blood. Now it’s his turn to face the executioner. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • Simon Jester

    That must have been so hard for him…. My heart just bleeds with sympathy.

    Or not.

    Ride the lightning, A$$hole.

  • WTFnext

    He didn’t seek any help until he got into trouble.

  • SniperFire

    That IQ is in the normal rage for the demographic. Look it up.

  • stop ur whining part deux

    Today if you are poor you can receive free money, free housing and free education until grade 12. There are ample college scholarships available and those that come from a poor upbringing have more scholarships available to them than those that come from middle class families.

    This man made the choice to lead a life of crime and they should have executed him a while ago. Put it on teleivsion, in prime time. Have him drawn and quartered on national TV for all to see. Maybe that will make people think twice about taking a persons life.