Gerald Jackson sentenced to five years at IDOC

By Ryne Turke on June 19, 2015 at 4:24pm

The brother of a murdered Jacksonville man has been sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his involvement in a 2014 shooting.

Twenty-two-year-old Gerald Jackson, of the 700 block of North Diamond, pleaded “guilty”to charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in Morgan County Court this afternoon.

Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Rodney Cox says Gerald Jackson is the brother of 24-year-old Marcus Jackson, who was killed in October from a gunshot wound at Douglas and Fayette.

Nineteen-year-old Avery Berry is accused of fatally shooting Marcus Jackson. His next court date is scheduled for July 8th.

Cox says members of the Jackson and Berry families ran into each other at the Circle K on East Morton in Jacksonville on November 15th and started a disturbance. Cox says members of the Berry family went to confront the Jacksons at their home.

Cox says Gerald Jackson, who apparently wasn’t at the initial fight at the Circle K, fired shots at the Berry family when they showed up. No injuries were reported.

Gerald Jackson also received a two-year mandatory supervised release and was fined $2,200.