Man, 47, who shot self in leg sentenced

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 26, 2011, at 11:43 p.m.

BANGOR , Maine — A Franklin County man who shot himself in the leg a year ago was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a year and a day in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

David J. Jackson, 47, of Carthage also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock ordered Jackson to report to prison on March 22.

Jackson was convicted in state court in 1998 on three counts of drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to four years in prison, all suspended, and four years of probation.

That conviction prohibited him from possessing firearms and-or ammunition.

Jackson was shot in the right calf on Jan. 4, 2010, with a .32-caliber Derringer while in the bathroom of his residence, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty. He recovered from the wound, according to court documents.

He initially told police that he was wearing a borrowed sweatshirt and when he discarded it on the bathroom floor, a pistol that was in the pocket went off, striking him in the calf. That turned out not to be true, according to the prosecution, and the gun belonged to Jackson.

Maine State Police recovered a .32-caliber Derringer, a 9 mm handgun, 11 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and about 500 rounds of .22-caliber hollow-point bullets.

Jackson faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The sentence of one year and a day will allow Jackson to earn up to 15 percent off his sentence for good behavior, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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