CASSOPOLIS — A few years ago, Harley Jackson, of Niles, spotted a robbery in progress and, according to his attorney, James Miller, went above and beyond what many people would do by giving pursuit.
“He followed in his car. He was shot at,’’ Miller said Friday in Cass County Circuit Court. “He put his own life at risk.’’
Cass Prosecutor Victor Fitz also complimented Jackson, pointing out he was a “courageous witness’’ in the case. But on Friday, Jackson, 31, whom Fitz characterized as “a pleasant man,’’ found himself in the same court-room where he had testified in the robbery, awaiting sen-tencing on charges stemming from a methamphetamine lab he admitted to operating on Hoyt Road.
In addition to Jackson’s heroics in the armed rob-bery, a glowing letter from his ex-wife was mentioned as a reason for Dodge to deviate from the minimum 51-month prison term called for under sentencing guidelines. But, in the end, Dodge devi-ated only slightly from the range as he sentenced Jack-son to a 4- to 30-year term.