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Man sentenced to life in prison for 2017 murder in Chico

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Jason Jackson

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a 32-year-old developmentally disabled man in Chico in 2017, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. 

Ramsey said 26-year-old Jason Jackson was sentenced for the murder of Travis Robertson on Oct. 1, 2017, on West 4th Avenue. 

Jackson and his companion Michaela Norman saw Robertson sitting on the curb looking at his phone. 

Ramsey said Jackson demanded Robertson hand over his phone but Robertson never responded. Ramsey said Jackson shot him in the back at least once and tried to take off from the scene. 

Jackson and Norman ran back to a black SUV but officers eventually stopped them near Cohasset Road and Manzanita Avenue. 

Officers said they found Robertson’s phone in the SUV’s center console. They also found a .22 caliber revolver in the front passenger seat floorboard area, where Jackson was sitting, Ramsey said. 

Ramsey said the gun had nine cartridges and eight of them were fired. 

The trial was delayed as Jackson switched attorneys, underwent two proceedings to evaluate his mental competency and due to the pandemic. 

On Wednesday, Jackson was sentenced to life in prison with minimum eligibility for parole of 15 years. 

Robertson left behind a wife and three children. 

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