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Man given 15-year prison sentence in armed robbery case claims he was 'a victim'
Damon Jackson 2017
Damon Jackson

An Oakwood man was sentenced to 15 years in incarceration for an armed robbery after forcing a man at gunpoint to drive to an ATM, according to court documents and previous testimony.

Damon Jackson, 22, 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 last month 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 months before driving to Oakwood Hills Drive on Nov. 29.

Investigator Todd Templeton said the victim had received a message indicating the escort was available to meet.

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.

According to the Hall County courts online docket, the case involving co-defendant Jennifer Luna-Flores is still unresolved.

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.

In a letter to The Times, Jackson claimed he was “told to sign my life away or I’ll serve 45 to life.”

“I was a victim in a case, armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and I felt that my life has been taken from me,” Jackson wrote.

Jackson’s attorney Tom Csider did not return a request for comment.