Jessica Cejnar / Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 10:52 a.m. / Crime
Crescent City Woman Gets 70-Year Attempted Murder Sentence For Shooting at Deputies, CHP Officer in October 2017
A Crescent City woman will serve 69 years and 8 months to life in prison in connection with a 2017 gunfire exchange with sheriff’s deputies at the Shelter Island mobile home park.
Del Norte County Superior Court Judge Darrin McElfresh gave George Michelle Jackson, 45, the maximum sentence on Monday, said Deputy District Attorney Todd Zocchi, who prosecuted the case.
Jackson was initially charged with three counts of attempted murder, but Zocchi said those charges were reduced to one count of attempted murder with the other officers involved in the incident listed as victims of assault with a firearm.
“It’s an appropriate sentence,” Zocchi said. “She’s a danger to the public and it just shows that there’s consequences for your actions and when you try to take the lives of an officer or officers there (will) be severe consequences.”
In October 2017, Del Norte County Sheriff’s deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer were investigating a report that a woman had threatened to kill a subject in the Shangri La mobile home park.
When deputies approached her at the Shelter Island mobile home park about 16 hours after the reported incident at the Shangri La mobile home park, Jackson pointed a handgun to her own head before turning it on officers and firing, according to sheriff’s reports. Officers returned fire, hitting Jackson multiple times, according to reports.
Jackson, who was taken to Sutter Coast Hospital and later Mercy Medical Center in Redding for treatment of her injuries, survived.
According to Zocchi, Jackson didn’t just shoot at deputies, the night before the gunfire exchange, she shot at her boyfriend in his trailer, which was occupied with other people at the time. The bullet went through the trailer and out the back, Zocchi said.
“The officers were looking for her the following day and found her,” he said.
“She still had the gun and tried to get away from them, but when she couldn’t, she turned and shot and tried to kill one of the officers. The bullet missed thankfully and they returned fire.”
According to Zocchi, Jackson could be a candidate for parole after serving 85 percent of her sentence, or 58 years, but it’s unlikely she’ll still be alive. He said a parole board would have to approve the decision, that it wouldn’t be problematic automatic.
“I appreciate the work of law enforcement; officers who put their lives on the line to try to apprehend Ms. Jackson after she did the shooting the night before,” he said. “It’s a just outcome.”
CORRECTION: The second-to-last paragraph of this report has been corrected. We regret the error.