September 23, 2014

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Vincent Jackson Jr. explores possibility of appeal

Vincent Jackson Jr. reacts to his sentencing with attorneys Dan Wightman, left, and J. Anthony Rich on April 9. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Vincent Jackson Jr. reacts to his sentencing with attorneys Dan Wightman, left, and J. Anthony Rich on April 9. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Despite a promise that he wouldn’t appeal his conviction and life prison sentence, Vincent Jackson Jr. has asked for a court-appointed lawyer to represent him on a possible appeal.

Jackson, 33, had been facing the death penalty after a three-judge panel found him guilty of aggravated murder and other charges for gunning down Gas USA clerk Qiana Walton during a June 2008 robbery.

Although Jackson pleaded guilty to the charges against him, the panel held a brief trial before finding him guilty of capital murder specifications, although the judges later declined to impose a death sentence.

The panel of judges split over whether Jackson should be executed for his crimes and he received a sentence of life without parole plus another 19 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Jackson’s trial lawyers said their client didn’t intend to appeal.

But trial attorney Dan Wightman said Thursday that Jackson sent him a letter asking for an appeals lawyer. He said Jackson, who has apologized to Walton’s family, hasn’t formally filed an appeal.

“My belief is Vincent Jackson is going to have a conversation with an appointed attorney to discuss what his rights are,” Wightman said.

Even though Jackson didn’t originally plan on appealing doesn’t mean he’s given up his right to do so, Wightman said.

“He has a right to at least discuss what his options are,” he said.

The run up to Jackson’s trial earlier this year was fraught with disagreements between prosecutors and defense lawyers, including over whether Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge could serve on the panel.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor ultimately ruled that because Burge had removed himself from all of Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo’s cases, he could not serve on the panel because Cillo was working on the Jackson case. Burge has since lifted his self-imposed order.

County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi appointed attorney Kreig Brusnahan to represent Jackson in a court order filed Wednesday.

Jackson has already been transferred to the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and Brusnahan said he hopes to visit his new client in prison next week.

“I’ve just been appointed, I have not had an opportunity to talk with my client,” he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.


  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Anyone surprised?

    • luvmytoaster

      No

  • golfingirl

    “Despite a PROMISE that he wouldn’t appeal his conviction and life prison sentence, Vincent Jackson Jr. has asked for a court-appointed lawyer to represent him on a possible appeal.”

    Never trust the word of a murderer!

  • stop ur whining part deux

    he should already be dead.

  • Phil Blank

    No drugs to use on him anyway, so what is he worried about?
    Still don’t know why they don’t use the confiscated heroin on them, there is no need to store it after a case is closed.

    • Joe Smith

      Someone would just give him Narcan anyway

  • silkskin1960

    thats what they get for listening to the sob story of a murderer.

  • Just saying

    That promise didnt take long 2 break. Off with this lyin murderers head and call it the day….

  • Razorback Twou

    He has no rights, he lost them when he was found guilty. The people of Lorain County have spent too much time and money on this murderer. Lets hope he has a shank coming and he gets planted before he cost anymore.

  • John Davidson

    If they for some unknown reason grant him an appeal I hope the new judge just looks at him and says “Die B*tch”

  • Kelvin Gray

    Hmm…interesting fact. After reading this article in the Morning Journal there were no comments made.