A Shiloh man accused of robbing the same Shiloh gas station twice over a 39-month period was convicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday.
Michael L. Jackson III, 21, was found guilty of two counts of interference of commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 24 by Judge Stacy Yandle.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, evidence presented at the trial showed that on Dec. 21, 2011, Jackson entered Midwest Petroleum, 1551 Hartman Lane, wielding a knife and demanded money from a clerk. Jackson was wearing a ski mask, which covered his entire face, and the clerk was unable to identify the robber. Jackson fled south on foot and discarded the clothing and ski mask worn during the robbery in a field adjacent to the gas station.
A second robbery took place on March 13, 2014. Evidence showed that Jackson entered Midwest Petroleum, showed a gun and demanded money and Newport cigarettes from a clerk. Jackson was wearing a ski mask that covered his entire face and the clerk was unable to identify him. Jackson left the store the same way he did during the 2011 incident, fleeing south on foot and discarded the ski mask and clothing he was wearing in the same field adjacent to the gas station. Shiloh police investigators found the clothing after each robbery and collected it as evidence.
Shiloh investigators listened to surveillance videos and believed Jackson was the robber based on his voice. Clothes collected after both robberies were submitted to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for DNA testing. Those tests determined that Jackson’s DNA was found on all of the clothing.