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Bernard Jackson gets maximum sentence

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The man who terrorized women in the Waldo area of Kansas City for years in the 1980s will never walk those streets, or any other, again.

The prosecutor said, for the safety of the community and justice for the victims, Bernard Jackson should stay in prison for the rest of his life. Friday, the judge made sure Jackson will never terrorize another woman or the Waldo neighborhood again.

"I heard evidence about it, saw the testimony and the victims," said Judge Charles Atwell. "In my view they (the details) were horrendous beyond description," said Judge Charles Atwell.

That's why Atwell said it was an easy decision to give Jackson, the infamous Waldo rapist, the maximum sentence.

"Count one: the court hereby sentences the defendant to life in the Missouri Division of Adult Institutions," said Atwell. "As to count two: the court hereby sentences the defendant to life in prison," said Atwell.

18 life sentences in all for the 18 counts against him, including seven counts of rape, seven counts of sodomy and four counts of robbery.

Jackson showed no emotion as the sentence was read. He will now go to prison for the rest of his life for attacking four women who lived in the Waldo area between 1983 and 1984.

"I think Bernard Jackson is the reason that we build prisons in the state of Missouri. He is one of most dangerous people I have ever come across. Unfortunately, he's very good at what he does and that's why he has to be incapacitated for the rest of his life," said Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor Ted Hunt.

Jackson's defense attorney Carie Allen, though, said he is asserting his innocence and she is filing an appeal the same day as the sentencing was announced. 

"There are a lot of things that I would like to say to defend Bernard's character but, bottom line is, I will bite my tongue," said Allen.

One of the victims testified with an impact statement to the judge before the sentence was imposed. In that statement, she said she and the other victims suffered a lot of trauma when Jackson continued to commit these crimes.

"At the time of the crimes, we were young professionals. We were made insecure and we suffered a lot of trauma when this man continued to commit these crimes," she said.

The victim added that she hopes he never, ever gets out again.

The prosecutor said he has never met anyone who more directly meets the definition of a sexual predator than Jackson, who has spent his life victimizing women.

"It's been a long, long road for everybody. Most of all the victims waited for justice for 28 years. And I've been involved with a lot of cold cases over the years and this is the one that's probably the most gratifying because we've finally given them some justice after nearly 30 years waiting and I'm sure they've given up hope a long time ago," said Hunt.

Even though Jackson was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for these 1980s Waldo rapes, the assistant prosecutor said his office is still moving forward with the trial against Jackson for the more recent rapes that occurred in the Waldo and Brookside areas from 2009 to 2010.

A date for that trial hasn't been set yet.

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