Sunday, September 14, 2008

Man sentenced to 77 years to life for shooting ex-"girlfriend"

A man convicted of shooting his "girlfriend," leaving her in a coma for two weeks, was sentenced to at least 77 years in an El Cajon, CA courtroom presided over by El Cajon Judge Allan J. Preckel under California's "3 strikes law." Carl Ray Jackson, 46 was convicted of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm for the October, 29, 2006 shooting of Karen Vidrio, then 41, at the ironically named Shooters Cocktails.

The other 2 strikes occured in 2000, for battery and vandalism, and in 2002, for burglary of Vidrio's home. Jackson was still on parole after serving prison time for the burglary. The victim had dated her attacker for about 1 1/2 years beforthe burglary.

On the night of the shooting, Jackson went to the bar about 7 p.m. and waited for Vidrio to come out of the restroom, according to court testimony.

When she emerged, Jackson shot her once in the back as she ran for the door. Bar patrons subdued Jackson and held him until police arrived.

Deputy District Attorney Chantal De Mauregne argued that Jackson's mental history was thoroughly investigated and said he should have thought about his prison exposure before trying to kill Vidrio.

"He doesn't deserve to live any of his life out in society because of what he has done," the prosecutor said.

Rick Siref, Jackson's counsel, plans to appeal because Jackson's history of depression, paranoia, and mental illness wasn't fully investigated. He (unsucessfully) appealed to Judge Preckel to impose a lighter sentnce stating that his client would die in prison if the 77 year sentence wsa imposed.

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