Prattville Councilman Marcus Jackson's misdemeanor menacing charge to be dropped
PRATTVILLE — Misdemeanor menacing charges against Prattville City Councilman Marcus Jackson will be dismissed if he abides by the court's orders.
An agreement was entered Tuesday before a hearing was to begin in Prattville Municipal Court where Jackson agreed to take anger management classes, pay court costs of $492, a fine of $100 and have no contact with a female relative in the case who filed the charge.
Millbrook Municipal Judge Lynn Bright presided after local officials recused themselves.
Bright called the situation "A matter of family that got out out of hand, and hopefully it won't cause problems in the future."
She addressed Jackson directly.
"What was a sad day already could have turned out a whole lot worse," she said. "Bringing a gun is out of line and inappropriate. I understand from evidence I heard that everyone was defending someone they love. But a gun changes things. It's not appropriate to come with a gun pulled."
Jackson declined to comment after the proceeding ended. One of his attorneys, Victoria Relf, told Bright that he appreciated the work the court and prosecutors have put in to resolve the situation and that he will follow the court's orders.
Jackson is serving his second term on the board, representing District 2. He is also employed with the Autauga County Schools as a teacher and coach assigned to the alternative school.
The charge came out of a series of alleged altercations following an April 3 funeral of one of Jackson's uncles, testimony in a recent probable cause hearing in Prattville Municipal Court revealed.
Jackson allegedly ran up to the family gathering brandishing a handgun after being told his mother and a female relative were being assaulted. When a male relative attempted to remove the gun from Jackson's hand, it fired. No one was injured.
Two of Jackson's female relatives have been charged with misdemeanor harassment charges in connection with the alleged altercation, court records show. Those charges too were dismissed Tuesday with both women paying court costs and agreeing to a non-contact order.
The Montgomery Advertiser has changed its crime reporting guidelines in recent years and no longer reports on misdemeanors except in specific circumstances, such as when the accused is in a position of public trust. Jackson is a public figure, serving his second term on the Prattville City Council.
Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Marty Roney at firstname.lastname@example.org.