For Immediate Release
Nov. 1, 2016
Now that it is clear that the conviction of Bernard Jackson will keep him in prison for the rest of his life, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today that the remaining rape cases pending against Jackson will be dismissed.
Jackson is serving 18 consecutive life sentences. Fourteen of those 18 are life without parole because of his status as a persistent sexual offender. Those cases, involving home invasion and sexual assaults between July 1983 and February 1984, have now withstood legal appeals.
“We are in agreement with the victims in these cases that justice has been served, knowing that Jackson will spend the rest of his life in prison,“ Baker said.
In May 2011, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office filed an additional 22 felony counts involving other home invasions and sexual assaults in 2009 and 2010. In those cases, as well as the 1983 and 1984 incidents, Jackson’s victims were in the Waldo area of Kansas City.
All remaining victims in those cases have been contacted by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Victim advocates discussed the possibility of dismissing the remaining felony cases pending against Jackson. All of the victims were happy with the dismissals, the advocates reported, because they knew Jackson will remain in prison for life and they will not have to endure a trial.
Jackson County prosecutors Ted Hunt and Tricia Lacey led the prosecution of Bernard Jackson on behalf of the state of Missouri.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954