UMPIRE ‘OUT’

Guilty verdicts in fraud case

A former board member of the Blackstone Youth Recreation Association will be sentenced later this year after being convicted last week on three felony counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretenses.

Joseph Edward Jackson, 57, of Nottoway Avenue, was found Guilty in Nottoway Circuit Court by Judge Paul Cella after a bench trial last Tuesday, July 21st.

Candy Early, owner of Blackstone Herb Cottage, Michael Hawkes, owner of Hawkes Funeral Home, and Marcia Martin, President of the BYRA, testified on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Ms. Early and Hawkes stated that the defendant approached them, requesting donations for the Blackstone Youth Rec. Association, to benefit children. In total, Jackson collected $156 over three incidents and attempted to collect another $56.

The alleged offenses occurred in 2018 and 2019. Jackson was charged and arrested in July 2019.

President Martin testified that Jackson had been removed from the Board of the Blackstone Youth Recreation Association before he solicited the donations in question, and that the Association didn’t receive any of the funds in question from Jackson.

Jackson, a former Dixie Youth baseball and softball umpire, took the stand in his own defense and testified that he was starting an adult softball league and that’s the only reason he was soliciting money. He denied soliciting some of the other funds in question.

Jackson, who was defended by attorney Preston Williams, was found Guilty on all three counts, and a sentencing date will be set on September 1st. He remains free on bond.

Blackstone Courier Record

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