Following a guilty plea on behalf of two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, Murray State guard Zay Jackson was sentenced to 30 days in prison late last week.
The judge’s decision comes on the heels of an early September incident in which Jackson got into an altercation with a fellow customer at a local Walmart. Following the argument, Jackson hit the bystander with his car and drove away.
On Monday, surveillance video surfaced online, showing the incident in its entirety.
According to Murray State’s athletic website, Jackson is still listed on the team’s 2012-13 roster. However, the sophomore guard must face and deal with his legal troubles now. According to a report from WPSD Local 6, Jackson is expected to begin his jail time immediately, and a formal sentencing will take place next Monday, Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m.
As a freshman a season ago, Jackson averaged 18.4 minutes per game, becoming a solid contributor for a Racers squad that was the final unbeaten team in the land in 2012. The return of preseason All-American candidate Isaiah Canaan will once again have the Racers in the hunt for mid-major supremacy.
The six-foot Jackson averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game a season ago and was expected to see a much larger role in 2012-13.
As of now, there has been no decision involving Jackson’s status moving forward other than this statement made by athletic director, Allen Ward. “I’ve been asked the question plenty of times what Zay’s status is with our program, and I just want to be very clear that Zay’s status hasn’t changed,” Allen Ward, director of athletics for MSU, said in the statement. “He has been suspended and he continues to be suspended, but I want people to understand that Zay’s still a very big part of this program, that he made a mistake, he’s taken responsibility for that mistake, he’s been accountable for it, and we’re going to do everything we can to help him through this and let him know that he has the support of the Murray State program, the campus, the community, the students that have all shown him a lot of support. He’s got some tough days ahead of him. It hasn’t been easy on him, these last couple of months, not being a part of the team activities, but we will continue to work through those times and we’ll be there for Zay, and he’s going to be a very big part of this program, and he will be part of the team this year.”
Take a look below at the hit-and-run surveillance footage:
Following a Nov. 9 game against Brescia University, Murray State will travel to Charleston, South Carolina as part of the 2012 Charleston Classic. They will open up the early season tournament against Auburn.
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