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Former John Doe set for pretrial on old case

EAST LIVERPOOL — Months after taking a plea deal for failing to reveal his identity to law enforcement during a February drug investigation, the man formerly known as John Doe will be in East Liverpool Municipal Court on an old case.

Aundario E. Jackson, aka Fee and whose last known address was Canal Winchester, is set for a pretrial at 7:30 p.m. July 22 on driving under suspension, speeding, expired plates, obstructing official business and possession of marijuana before Judge Dominic Frank.

Earlier this year, he spent several days as a nameless inmate at the Columbiana County Jail, after he refused to provide his name.

After he sought to get consideration for a bond reduction and public defender, neither of which could happen until Frank knew if he was a flight risk or met the financial restrictions associated with retaining legal counsel reserved for the indigent, Jackson agreed to take the fourth-degree misdemeanor in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the more serious obstruction charge.

As a result, Frank sentenced Jackson to $100 plus costs and a 17-day jail sentence (time served) on the charge in late February; however, the pandemic and Jackson’s own legal issues in other jurisdictions have delayed resolving the older case.

Jackson initially had faced $1,000 in fines and 120 days in jail as a result of the February investigation into possible drug activity on the city’s east end.

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