Santa Rosa, CA – August 24, 2018 – Defendant
Donald Ray Alton Jackson, 29 years old of Oakland, was sentenced today by the Honorable
Knoel Owen to 20 years in the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation for a September 28, 2017 robbery that occurred at Rite Aid
Pharmacy in Santa Rosa.
28, 2017, Jackson entered the pharmacy, located at 955 Stony Point Road,
brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk
complied, and Jackson left the store on foot. Although the clerk could not pick
Jackson out of a photo lineup of potential suspects, Jackson was identified in
part by forensic evidence collected by law enforcement at the pharmacy.
Jackson’s prior criminal history, which includes two prior robbery convictions,
he will be required to serve at least 85 percent of this 20-year sentence
before he is eligible for parole.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant has repeatedly demonstrated that he
has little regard for the safety and property of others in this community. His
prior significant criminal history, coupled with the seriousness of the current
offense justify a lengthy prison sentence in this case.”
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Bertz. Detective Joseph
Bjornstrom of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.