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Man sentenced for trying to kill York County police officer

Written by Dylan Segelbaum/The York Daily Record | Apr 26, 2017 4:09 AM
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Dashcam footage released by the Northern York County Regional Police Department shows an attempted officer homicide in Manchester Township. (Photo: Northern York County Regional Police Department)

Trev Bowies Jackson II, 25, of York, was ordered on Tuesday to serve 30 to 60 years in prison for shooting at Northern York County Regional Police Officer Lynn Anderson.

(York) -- A man was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 30 to 60 years in prison for attempting to murder a Northern York County Regional police officer during a traffic stop, an encounter captured on dashcam video.

Trev Bowies Jackson II, 25, of York, was found guilty in March of attempted first-degree murder, assault of a law enforcement officer, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses. Jurors deliberated for about 4 1/2 hours.

On Nov. 22, 2015, Jackson fired three shots at Officer Lynn Anderson in the parking lot of the Crossroads Shopping Center in Manchester Township. One of the bullets narrowly missed Anderson's face, leaving him with powder burns.

Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner noted that he was close to potentially having to preside over a capital murder trial. He described the crime as a "malicious, intentional and horrendous act." The fact that it was recorded, he said, adds to the "horror."

"I take no pleasure in sentencing someone to a long term in state prison," Bortner said. "But at this time, my obligation is to the community. And I believe that Mr. Jackson is a threat to the community."

Police believe Trev Bowies Jackson II is the man seen in this dashcam video shooting at a Northern York County Regional Police officer. Courtesy Northern York County Regional Police

 

Before the sentence was handed down, Jackson's mother addressed the court, testifying about her son's character. He then made a brief statement.

Jackson said he's thankful that the officer was not seriously hurt. He asked for a sentence that would give him hope, so that, in the future, he'd be able to "make a difference" in the community.

"I believe if you give me hope, I can do the hard work it will take to be rehabilitated and one day rejoin society as a positive member of the community," Jackson said.

During the trial, Jackson testified in his own defense. He said he had no intent to kill Anderson.

Instead, Jackson said, he had wanted to "create some distance" between them. That's because he did not want to go back to jail.

Anderson sat in the courtroom. He did not make a statement.

In an interview, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dave Sunday said the commonwealth was "very pleased" with the penalty. He had argued for a 35- to 70-year sentence.

"Our goal is to make sure that he was punished, but also to protect the community," Sunday said. "And 30 to 60 years is a long, long time."

Sunday said he's thankful that it "wasn't a murder case."

Outside the York County Judicial Center, R. Davis Younts, Jackson's attorney, said their hope had been that the judge would have run the punishments for attempted first-degree murder and assault of a law enforcement officer together. That's because it was "one act."

"That said, we obviously respect the decision of the court," Younts said, "and we'll be reviewing our options for an appeal."

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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