Robbery charge leads to harsher sentence for man involved in I-90 chase

2014-08-18T14:10:00Z 2014-08-18T23:36:14Z Robbery charge leads to harsher sentence for man involved in I-90 chaseBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A new felony robbery charge in Butte-Silver Bow County jeopardized the deferred sentence Yellowstone County prosecutors had recommended for a 20-year-old who led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 90 on New Year’s Day.

Prosecutors had initially recommended that Bradley Valentino Jackson be given a three-year deferred sentence on the condition that he complete the Yellowstone County Impaired Driving Court.

But since pleading guilty in April to two counts of felony criminal endangerment and four misdemeanors in connection with the chase, Jackson has been charged in Butte-Silver Bow County with attempted robbery by accountability.

According to charging documents, he and a co-defendant, Joseph Cantrell, attempted in May to rob a man who was sitting in a parked car in Butte.

Court records say Cantrell brandished a knife, punched the alleged victim in the face and demanded he hand over a laptop and cash. The man grabbed Cantrell’s arm and started to driving away, prompting Cantrell to throw the knife at the man’s car. The two men then ran away and were spotted by police, according to prosecutors.

When confronted about the incident, Jackson said he fled the area because he had been harassing some ducks by throwing them bread with Alka-Seltzer, court records say.

He is scheduled to go on trial in February.

In light of the new robbery charge and Jackson’s “horrific” criminal record, Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Victoria Callender asked Monday that Jackson be sentenced to five years with the state Department of Corrections.

“Mr. Jackson needs to be off the streets of Montana,” she said.

District Judge Gregory R. Todd followed her recommendation.

“You’ve managed to accumulate a record that most people don’t accumulate in their lifetime,” the judge told Jackson.

Jackson previously admitted that on Jan. 1 he drove at speeds greater than 90 mph while fleeing from Laurel police officers and that he damaged a fence along the interstate.

He also admitted to endangering his two underage passengers when he crashed into a ravine and to running from officers after the crash.

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