Sex trafficker’s testimony could reduce sentence

Eddie Allen Jackson (Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections - March 2009)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who is behind bars for prostituting teenagers in West Michigan may get a reduced sentence because of his testimony in a cold case murder trial.

Eddie Allen Jackson, 32, was sentenced to 30 years in a federal prison in April 2014 on three counts of sex trafficking minors. He was the first person in West Michigan to be prosecuted on federal child sex trafficking charges.

An assistant U.S. attorney filed a motion to have his sentenced reduced for his “substantial assistance” during the murder trial for Matthew and Paul Jones, according to court documents.

Shannon Siders, who disappeared in 1989, and the two brothers to be charged with her murder, Paul Jones Matthew Jones. (June 24, 2014)
Shannon Siders, who disappeared in 1989, and the two brothers to be charged with her murder, Paul Jones Matthew Jones. (June 24, 2014)

The brothers were convicted in May for the beating death of Shannon Siders, 18, in the Manistee National Forest back in 1989.

Jackson was flown in from an Arizona federal prison to testify in the Jones brothers’ trail. He testified that he met Paul while in the Newaygo County Jail. He said Jones told him that police would never find the murder weapon, and that he was glad some eyewitnesses couldn’t testify.

The court documents say the prosecutor handling the murder trail said Jackson’s testimony was important.

Paul was sentenced to 30 to 75 years in prison for second-degree murder. Matthew was found guilty of first-degree murder and will spend life in prison.

The government requested that the court postpone the sentencing reduction until an appeal to Jackson’s federal conviction can be heard.

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