Metro-East News

Cahokia man sentenced to 44 years in prison

A Cahokia man was sentenced to more than 44 years in prison Wednesday in the Southern District of Illinois in connection to two armed robberies in the metro-east.

Acting U.S. Attorney James Porter said 29-year-old LaMarcus D. Jackson was sentenced on a six-count indictment, including conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and interference with commerce by robbery, use and carry of a firearm during a crime of violence and armed robbery.

Jackson’s charges stemmed from armed robberies reported at Alps Grocery Store in 2014 and Shop n’ Save in 2015. Both happened in Cahokia. Porter said in one instance, up to $7,000 was stolen during the robbery. Jackson was allegedly accompanied by at least two other suspects.

Porter said Jackson admitted his involvement in both robberies to the police.

Jackson was sentenced to 44.5 years in prison. Porter said Jackson was also ordered to pay $8,700 in restitution to the victims and a $600 special assessment. He is set to be on supervised release for five years after his release from prison.

The case was investigated by the Cahokia Police Department, Sauget Police Department and the FBI. The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers for prosecution.

Previous reports noted that in August 2015, Jackson also faced first-degree murder charges in Madison County as well as home invasion, robbery and weapons charges. The charges came eight months after the death of Calvin L. Tally.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers