Friday, June 10, 2011

Blue Ridge Parkway shooter gets life plus 35 years

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA — A Stuart’s Draft man who pled guilty in March to shooting two people at a scenic overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway last April, was sentenced this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Ralph Leon Jackson, 57, previously pled guilty to one count of assaulting Christina Shay Floyd with the intent to commit murder, one count of using and discharging a firearm, a Harrington & Richardson 20 gauge shotgun, during and in relation to a crime of violence, one count of the premeditated murder of Timothy Phillip Davis by shooting him with a firearm and one count of using and discharging a firearm, a Harrington & Richardson 20 gauge shotgun, during and in relation to the murder of Mr. Davis.

As part of his plea agreement, Mr. Jackson agreed to a lifetime of federal incarceration for the murder count. This afternoon he was sentenced to serve an additional 35 years total for the two gun charges. That sentence must be served consecutive to the lifetime sentence he was previously ordered to serve. In addition, Jackson was sentenced to 240 months incarceration, to be served concurrent with his life sentence, for his assault on Christina Floyd.

“When Ralph Leon Jackson shot two strangers on the Blue Ridge Parkway in April, 2010, he victimized our entire community,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “His actions took the life of Timothy Davis, a loss from which his family will never recover. But for the courageous response of his second victim, Christina Floyd, he would have killed another. The random nature of this crime caused fear among many people, particularly those who enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Today’s sentence ensures that the defendent will forever remain where he belongs – inside of a federal prison.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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