Second sibling of murdered Jacksonville man receives prison time

By Gary Scott on July 13, 2015 at 1:22pm

Twenty-three-year-old Marquise Jackson pleaded guilty to reckless discharge of a weapon this morning in Morgan County Court and was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, with credit for 74 days served.

Jackson was arrested in May in connection with a January shooting in the 7-hundred block of South Church.

The shooting is believed by police to be part of an ongoing dispute between the families of Marcus Jackson, who was murdered in October, and Avery Berry, the man accused of killing Jackson.

Marquise Jackson caused a stir last month in Morgan County Court when he asked for a new attorney and, at one point, got up and started walking away. He was assigned Attorney Michael Hankins last week; he had been under the counsel of Tom Piper.

Jackson must also serve one year of Mandatory Supervised Release and was fined $135.

Gerald Jackson, another brother of Marcus, was sentenced last month to five years in prison for a separate 2014 shooting.