DECATUR — A Decatur man who prosecutors say walked into the home of his ex-girlfriend and threatened her and her current boyfriend with a gun was ordered jailed for 20 days and placed on probation for 24 months Thursday.
Kinney L. Jackson appeared in Macon County Circuit Court pleading guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony. Jackson was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and complete any recommended treatment.
Prosecuting, Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Christina Mullison said the incident had happened just after 12 a.m. Nov. 19 at the woman’s house in the 1100 block of East Johns Avenue. A sworn Decatur police affidavit said Jackson had followed her 58-year-old boyfriend to the house and then inside.
“Kinney removed a weapon from his right jacket pocket and pointed it at (the current boyfriend’s) head,” said the affidavit. “He stated he would shoot him and then kill her.”
Jackson continued making threats to kill them both with his .38 caliber revolver but later left after the woman said she was calling police.
Defending, attorney Steven Jones called on Jackson to speak and he apologized to Judge Jeffrey Geisler for his actions. He said he had a difficult and fearful relationship with his 54-year-old ex-girlfriend, who he said had broken his arm in June 2017. He did not explain why he had threatened both her and her current boyfriend.
Mullison recommended that Jackson be punished with a two-year prison sentence. Jones had argued that his client deserved mercy because he had taken responsibility for his actions, apologized and suffered from poor health, including heart bypass surgery in 2018.
Geisler said he had weighed all the evidence and pleas and did not feel a prison sentence was necessary. But he said a message had to be sent that gun violence would not be tolerated. “We have a problem with gun violence in Macon County,” he added. “And although there was no injury in this situation, it could have been a lot worse.”
The jail sentence was stayed until Sept. 14.