A former Brooklyn and Alorton police officer was convicted of aggravated domestic battery Tuesday by a jury.
Andre D. Jackson, 41, of 558 Falling Leaf Way, Mascoutah, was arrested by Mascoutah policie after a report that he strangled, choked and hit a 29-year-old woman who shared the home with Jackson.
The case was charged as aggravated domestic battery because of the strangulation of the victim, said Mascoutah Police Chief Bruce Fleshren.
The victim in the case recanted her story, according to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, but the jury was shown the victim's videotaped statement taken by police.
The victim and Jackson reconciled after the attack, Kelly said.
"While the (victim) was not cooperative and some still view domestic violence as a private family matter, we could not dismiss the case or agree to any plea by which this defendant with a documented long-term history of domestic issues would have been able to keep a gun and a badge," Kelly said.
Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson could not immediately be reached for comment. Tomlinson placed Jackson on paid leave after the arrest. His status with either department could not immediately be determined.
Alorton Police Chief Larry Austell also could not be reached.
Jackson can no longer serve as a police officer because he can't be certified by the Illinois Training and Standards Board. He also can no longer carry a firearm because he is a convicted felon.
Mascoutah police were pleased with the conviction, Fleshren said.
"We are happy that a conviction was obtained by the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office and appreciate their effort to bring this case to trial," Fleshren said. "Domestic violence cannot be tolerated and must be dealt with to break the cycle that people get themselves into, and often convictions are hard to come by for many reasons."
Jackson also has two cases of misdemeanor unlawful visitation interference pending. They were both charged by the Mascoutah police department.
Jackson is set for sentencing on May 1. He could face between four and seven years in prison.