Woman shot by law officers takes plea deal

Clinique Jackson

The woman who law officers shot near the Walnut Avenue exit last year following a two-state chase on I-75 South pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison.

Clinique Jashauna Jackson had been indicted by the Whitfield County grand jury on 16 counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

As part of a plea agreement approved by Judge Jim Wilbanks in Whitfield County Superior Court, Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer and the remainder of the charges were dropped. District Attorney Bert Poston said now that Jackson’s case has been resolved, she will be sent to Tennessee to face charges which started the sequence of events which ended in Whitfield County in August of 2018.

Jackson was shot when she got out of a vehicle with two handguns and pointed them at officers, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI said she was shot by officers from Hamilton County, Tennessee (Chattanooga area), and the Tunnel Hill Police Department.

Authorities in Bradley County, Tennessee, said she and Parrish Smaely, 56, of Jonesboro, fled from police after shoplifting and threatening a store employee with a handgun. The chase went south on I-75 through Hamilton County before coming into Georgia in Catoosa County. A Georgia State Patrol trooper used a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to stop the car in Whitfield County, and Smaely, the driver, got out and eventually surrendered. Jackson left in the car and was stopped by another PIT maneuver by a Whitfield County deputy.

Smaely pleaded guilty in February to fleeing/attempting to elude an officer for felony, DUI, misdemeanor obstruction of officers and felony theft by receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to three years in prison and banished from the Conasauga Judicial Circuit, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties.

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