A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to the shooting that injured a Texas Tech freshman and ended his football career in 2019.
Asia Devine Jackson, who has been in the Lubbock County Jail since his arrest on April 28, 2019, appeared before the 364th District Court on Friday to plead guilty to aggravated assault that caused bodily harm with a lethal weapon. pleaded guilty to the crime. This offense is a second-degree felony that carries a sentence of 2 to 20 years in prison.
The second count was dismissed as part of a plea bargain with the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office.
Jackson has confirmed that John Scott III was seriously injured in the April 27, 2019 shooting. A woman also suffered minor gunshot wounds.
His conviction stemmed from a Lubbock police investigation on April 27, 2019, when an arrest warrant found Jackson was splashed with water from a water gun fight.
Lubbock police, responding to reports of shootings fired in the area, found Scott to be seriously injured from a gunshot wound. Kiana Pipkins, who suffered minor gunshot wounds, was found on the 900 block of Avenue S from which she fled. The two were taken to the University Medical Center.
Witnesses at the scene described the shooter as a black man with dreadlocks with blonde tips. said he knew
Another witness told police he and others were playing with water guns in the pool when Jackson passed by. Scott, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman from Hitchcock, reportedly tried to spread the word about the situation, saying that people in Jackson were just having fun at a pool party. Jackson brandished a pistol from his waistband and fired multiple times, hitting Scott and Pipkins.
Police at the scene said more than 200 people were in and around the pool at the time.
The shooter fled. However, later that night, Jackson’s girlfriend arrived on the scene and answered a call from him in front of police. He asked them to tell authorities it was another man. Jackson reportedly said he had left Lubbock and was heading for the Midlands, the warrant says.
According to the warrant, Jackson also wrote a Facebook post denying he was the shooter and asked friends to tell authorities he wasn’t involved.
However, investigators obtained images of the shooter from the pool’s security cameras, compared them to old reservation photos of Jackson, and discovered they were the same person, the warrant states.
Jackson surrendered to police hours later, along with a photo of him that authorities issued a news release identifying him as the suspect in the shooting.
Scott was discharged from the hospital a week after the shooting.
Scott signed with the Red Raiders in February 2018, was listed as a defensive lineman, and was redshirted that season. According to Tech’s website, he missed the next season as he continued to recover from the shooting.
However, a tech insider said Scott left the show after the shooting.