Columbia resident gets 18-year term for pointing loaded shotgun at man

August 17, 1999

A 32-year-old Columbia man was sentenced to 18 years in prison yesterday in a case in which he pointed a loaded shotgun at a man in a parking lot last year but was interrupted by a Howard County police officer.

Valentino M. Jackson of the 5400 block of Harper's Farm Road was convicted in May of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of an unregistered shotgun. He was acquitted of carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure.

Assistant State's Attorney Sue-Ellen Hantman said she was pleased with the sentence from Circuit Judge James B. Dudley.

"It's appropriate," Hantman said.

An attorney for Jackson could not be reached yesterday.

Authorities said Jackson drove to an apartment in the 5500 block of Cedar Lane and asked two men to approach him about 4 a.m. July 12, 1998. Jackson then got out of his car and pointed a shotgun at one of the men.

A police officer responding to another call noticed activity in the Waverly Winds apartment complex and decided to investigate, police said. He found Jackson holding the shotgun.

"Anything [was] possible," Hantman said. "He had a loaded shotgun pointed at somebody."

Pub Date: 8/17/99

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