Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason announced Monday that Jimmie Jackson plead guilty to one count of rape, one count of aggravated burglary, and one count of aggravated robbery. As part of the agreed plea, Jackson must serve an additional 30 years consecutive to the 20 years he already received from a previous rape conviction in 2009. Jackson's estimated release from prison is 2059.
On August 24, 1998, Jackson, now 46, broke into the victim's apartment located at 697 East 124th Street in Cleveland. The victim was sleeping at the time and was startled by a loud noise. Jackson had been going through the victim's purse which was located on a nearby dresser. Jackson put his hand over the victim's mouth and threatened to kill her. Jackson then sexually assaulted the victim. DNA resulted in a CODIS hit to Jackson in June 2011.
The Cold Case Unit's investigation, with assistance from BCI & I resulted in the indictment against Jackson. Jackson was convicted of aggravated burglary charges in 1987. He was found guilty by a jury in 1989 of robbery. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to the rape of a 7-year-old female and pleaded guilty again in a separate case in 2009 to aggravated burglary and the rape of an 11-year-old female. Jackson is currently serving time at Belmont Correctional Institution for these crimes.
Prosecutor Mason created the Cold Case Unit in 2006. The Cold Case Unit works with Cleveland Police Detectives from the Homicide and Sex Crime Units as well as BCI & I and the Cuyahoga County Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (CCRFSL). The Unit has solved 17 murders and rapes since its inception.