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There was a courthouse full of jurors for a criminal jury term of Clarke County Circuit Court in Grove Hill Monday but they were soon released as all cases scheduled were either settled or continued.
The reckless murder trial of Ladarius Jackson was expected this week but Jackson instead entered a guilty plea Monday and was sentenced to 20 years, a split sentence with five years to be served and five years of probation.
Jackson was the driver of a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice that wrecked in a curve on the Walker Springs Road between Perry’s Chapel and Walker Springs in September 2019. The crash was fatal for a front seat passenger in the vehicle, Jarvis Hunt Jr., 22, who was ejected from the car.
Jackson and a back seat passenger were taken to Jackson Medical Center for treatment.
An investigation showed that Jackson was going 103 mph when he wrecked and he was found to have numerous depressants in his system.
The case of Aquantis Cheeseboro, charged with attempted murder, was continued. The case will likely be on the November trial docket.