Prosecutors have decided to dismiss an armed robbery charge for an Oakwood woman, as the district attorney’s office determined she was not an active participant, according to court documents.
Jennifer Luna-Flores was originally charged along with Damon Jackson, of Oakwood, in an armed robbery case from November 2017.
“Through further investigation, including interviews with (Luna-Flores), the State determined that she had suffered domestic abuse and forced sexual servitude at the hands of her co-defendant, Damon Jackson,” according to a dismissal order signed by Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh. “These conversations with (Luna-Flores) also indicated she was not an active participant in the armed robbery.”
Jackson was indicted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, aggravated assault and pimping. He took a non-negotiated plea in September for 25 years, with the first 15 years in confinement. The rest will be on probation, and Jackson will receive credit for time served since Nov. 30, 2017.
Oakwood Police said the victim responded to an escort ad. Investigator Todd Templeton said the victim received a message months later indicating the escort was available to meet and then drove to Oakwood Hills Drive on Nov. 29.
After the victim met with the alleged escort, Templeton said Jackson came to the car and pulled out a gun.
Police said Jackson then told the man to drive to an ATM, according to warrants.
As the man approached the Big Lots parking lot on Browns Bridge Road, he spotted two Gainesville Police officers and drove toward them to alert them.
Jackson was given 15 years to serve plus five years on probation for the armed robbery charge and five years on probation for the firearm possession charge. All other charges merged, or the sentences were to be served concurrently.
Jackson has written letters to The Times proclaiming his innocence.
“Is it justice to convict a person off of a lie or ‘he said she said?’ Just cause a person say you did something does it mean you did it,” Jackson wrote in one letter.
Jackson’s attorney Lee Parks did not return a request for comment.