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Jackson’s bond revoked

Posted: January 11, 2018 3:45 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Cody Jackson

A circuit court judge revoked a previously set bond for a man arrested by Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies on Dec. 29, 2017. Fifth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Brett Perry said Circuit Court Judge Tommy Cooper revoked bond for Cody Gene Jackson, 26, of U.S. 601 South, Lugoff, during a hearing Monday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

County deputies have dealt with Jackson multiple times and, in nearly every case, he has fled in a vehicle and then on foot.

According to online court records, a county magistrate set a bond of $10,000 on Jackson on Aug. 30, 2017, following his arrest the day before for possession of a stolen vehicle. In that case, a deputy had gone to a Seminole Way, Elgin, residence on the morning of Aug. 29, 2017, looking for a wanted person. The officer encountered Jackson, who was a suspect in the theft of two automobiles. Jackson fled on foot, but the deputy managed to chase him for several hundred yards and take him into custody.

Meanwhile, another suspect -- 21-year-old Christopher Alexander Cravets -- fled from the same residence, prompting a search by the KCSO bloodhound unit. Deputies and a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) helicopter searched the area for several hours before a homeowner on Dry Branch Road discovered Cravets and held him at gunpoint until deputies could arrive. Cravets already had outstanding warrants stemming from an Aug. 18, 2017, armed robbery; deputies charged him with armed robbery, use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and burglary.

Jackson had recently been released from prison at the time of his Aug. 2017 arrest.

Online court records indicate Jackson’s criminal activity goes back nearly a decade, to 2008 when he was charged with petit larceny and found guilty during a subsequent bench trial. During the past 10 years, Jackson has pleaded to or been found guilty of trespassing, using a vehicle without the owner’s permission, larceny, receiving stolen goods and malicious injury to property. Many other charges filed against Jackson were either dismissed or were ones where a grand jury declined to indict him.

In May 2011, Jackson was one of three young men arrested in connection with a series of thefts of large, commercial air conditioning units from churches and businesses. During their investigation, KCSO deputies also determined Jackson was responsible for at least 30 of 100 vehicle break-ins in the Lugoff-Elgin area during the previous four months. Five months later, in October 2011, Jackson was set to plead guilty to three of 31 counts he faced. In fact, he did plead guilty, but while doing so, insisted he didn’t perpetrate the break-ins.

“I didn’t do them,” he told a circuit court judge on Oct. 19, 2011, “I’m pleading guilty just to get on with my life.”

The judge rejected the plea and sent Jackson back to jail, still facing an excess of $350,000 bond. He finally pleaded guilty to three of the theft from a motor vehicle charges in December 2011. A judge sentenced him to five years in prison, with credit for the time he’d served since April of that year. The judge reduced the active sentence to three years, with the balance suspended upon 30 months probation.

With a number of incidents since his release on those charges where Jackson had fled from deputies, and with outstanding warrants in hand, the KCSO organized an effort on Dec. 29, 2017, to locate and arrest him. Around 6:15 p.m., deputies spotted Jackson driving a Ford Probe, fell in behind him and activated blue lights and sirens. Because of his habit of fleeing, the KCSO asked for and received assistance from a SLED helicopter. The helicopter crew helped other deputies to know to set up at points along Jackson’s route to keep him from getting away. One deputy set out stop sticks, which flattened three of Jackson’s tires.

Jackson made it to the Wateree River and drove off a steep embankment into the river. Jackson screamed that he could not swim, so deputies, with K9s in tow, rescued and arrested him. They also rescued, but did not charge, a female passenger.

Jackson currently faces two counts each of being a habitual traffic offender and failure to stop for blue light, and one count each of grand larceny, petit larceny and driving under suspension. He is being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center on a total $94,200 bond, according to online jail records. However, with Monday’s revocation of the $10,000 bond from the August 2017 possession of a stolen vehicle charge, Perry said Jackson will stay in jail until he either pleads guilty to his new charges or goes to trial.

“Kershaw County residents can take comfort knowing that guys like this are being taken of,” Perry said. “When you continue to do bad things, it catches up with you, and it caught up to Cody Jackson.”

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