18 year old pled guilty from incident on September 30, 2020

Published 8:21 am Thursday, March 3, 2022

Tahliq Jackson, 18, of Albany Georgia, pled guilty Wednesday in Crisp County Superior Court to the offenses of Aggravated Battery upon a Public Safety Officer, Terroristic Threats and two counts of Gang Act Violations from events that occurred at the Crisp Youth Detention Center in September of 2020. Jackson brutally attacked a juvenile detention officer by hitting her repeatedly about the face and upper body while the officer was passing out snacks to others at the facility. The juvenile detention officer temporarily lost use of her right eye as well as other swelling and bruising to her face and upper body. Jackson, an admitted Blood Gang Member, had drawn a very detailed picture of his attack upon the officer prior to the attack. He drew the officer’s head in a bag with her decapitated body in the corner and asserted that she was victim 18. Senior Judge John Pridgen sentenced Jackson to 30 years to serve the first 20 years in the state prison system with the balance on probation for these offenses to include his extensive prior history. District Attorney Brad Rigby prosecuted the case for the State with assistance from the Department of Juvenile Justice, Inv. Chris Wilson and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office.

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Beal-Shephard tries to weather the storm over City HallBy Neil B. McGahee Managing Editor Cordele City Commissioner Vesta Beal-Shephard was elected in 2001 to represent the people of Ward One. By all accounts, she has done a very good job of relating to the citizens living in her ward. Recently, however, a dark cloud has settled over City Hall. From the first day of his term, newly-elected commission chairman Joshua Antwan Deriso began taking verbal snipes on social media at some of the other commissioners. Shephard says she just ignored it at first but on April 9, Deriso posted on Facebook “…It was much anticipated for Comm. Rainey to be against change. Comission (sp) Shephard fights against me the hardest…does not know much about government at all…She needs to be voted out next year 2023.” A few days later, he posted live saying …“I am totally over the games, the political stuff…a lot of people want to make what I said about Commissioner Shephard something about disagreement with Commissioner Shephard. It was her ignorance and short-sightedness…not able to understand what we can do as a government. “When there were people in charge that didn’t look like us…white people… she didn’t question anything. Since I became chairman, she has blocked everything…you don’t know what you are doing; you don’t know what you are talking about.” Shephard winces as she listens to Deriso. “I don’t do drama and I don’t do pettiness,” she said. “I refute everything he has said about me. I’m not angry with Josh; I am somewhat disturbed that he has targeted me, a citizen of Cordele; a black female…he accused me of loving white folks. Well I do love white folks, and brown folks and black folks — Haitian, Jamaican, Indian, Cuban, Mexican — I have no discrimination to anyone. My job is to facilitate for people in this ward and when I vote, I vote my conviction.” Shephard said she doesn’t know why Deriso has such hard feelings against her. “It’s so sad, I have to say that I never saw it coming,” she said. ”But I have to voice my opinion.” But one sad thing has evolved from this. “This is the first time I have been discriminated against by a fellow commissioner,” she said. “I used to invite people to my home if they had a problem. But I had to stop that. If you want to meet with me, we will have to go to a public area or to my office at city hall. I am going to keep my distance for the simple reason that I don’t want to endanger myself.