Waco teen pleads guilty to violent crimes and sentenced to 20 years in prison

Waco, TexasKWTX)- A Waco teenager who authorities say was involved in violent crime in late 2021 was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison.

Gregory Jackson, 18, pleaded guilty to seven counts of felonies, including three counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, burglary and two counts of aggravated assault in a series of crimes committed Jackson when he was a minor.

Judge Susan Kelly of the 54th District Court of Waco accepted Jackson’s plea agreement with prosecutors and sentenced him to seven concurrent 20-year prison terms. Because Jackson has used deadly weapons in some crimes, he must serve at least 10 years in prison before he can seek parole.

Jackson and his co-defendants, Donte Melvin and Jacob Jamarion Johnson, were all minors when they were arrested and were all charged as adults. Melvin was sentenced to three concurrent 25-year prison terms and two concurrent 10-year terms after pleading guilty to three incidents in November. The charges against Johnson remain pending.

Jackson and his co-defendants, Donte Melvin (left) and Jacob Jamarion Johnson (right), were all minors when they were arrested and were all charged as adults.(KWTX photos)

Jackson’s attorney, Jesse Freud, declined to comment on the cases following Jackson’s sentencing on Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Trinity Affairs, a 70-year-old woman told police that on October 7, 2021, three men entered her home on the 3600 block of Pine Avenue through an unlocked window. She was asleep and reported that all three were wearing masks and were armed with rifles.

She told police that she was forced at gunpoint to drive to an ATM where she withdrew $500, her daily limit. They drove to another ATM, trying to get more money.

When that failed, they forced her to return home, where they ransacked and loaded several items into her 2001 Toyota Echo. They fled the scene, leaving her behind. They were later stopped by Louisiana State Police while driving in a stolen car, which, according to an affidavit, found ski masks, items stolen from the house, and a rifle.

A week earlier, on September 30, 2021, police say three men stole a man’s car and stole his 2011 Toyota Sienna at gunpoint in the 1000 block of Speight Avenue.

The man reported that three men ran up to his car. According to the detention documents, one had a gun and the other had a knife. They forced him out of the car and drove away. However, the victim was able to track them using his cell phone. About 20 minutes later, the police found the abandoned car.

Moments before this incident, a Baylor student reported that three men had approached her in the garage of the View Apartments, 1001 Speight Ave. She said she was able to lock the doors before they started pulling the handle and kicking the doors. According to her, a suspect from the driver’s side ordered her to open the door and threatened to shoot her.

The woman said she was able to turn on the transmission and drive away.

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