Federal Way man sentenced to 21 years in prison for Kent bus shooting

A 23-year-old Federal Way man was sentenced to 21 years, six months in jail for an April 2011 shooting on a Metro bus in Kent that injured a SeaTac man.

Roy Purcell Jackson was sentenced last month in King County Superior Court, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Jackson pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree assault and second-degree assault, both with firearm enhancements.

The shooting occurred after another man partially sat on Jackson's leg or bumped into him on the bus, according to charging papers.

A 24-year-old SeaTac man was critically injured after gunshots were fired on a bus at about 6 p.m. April 20, 2011 in the 20600 block of 108th Avenue Southeast. The man was shot twice in the torso.

The SeaTac man was on the bus with three friends when he made his way to the back of the bus where he ended up either bumping into or partially sitting on Jackson's leg, according to charging papers. The incident led to a brief argument and shots were fired. Jackson then reportedly went to the front of the bus, pointed a gun at the driver and told her to open the door, which the driver did.

The SeaTac man told detectives he also had seen Jackson, who he did not know, earlier in April 2011 at the Tukwila light rail station. He said they had exchanged unpleasant words for some unknown reason. He told detectives the man had the same clothes on the day of the shooting as he had during their first encounter.

Shortly after the shooting, police recovered a handgun, cell phone, black jacket with NFL patches, red hat and black glove that they allege Jackson threw away after the incident.

Kent Police received anonymous tips that led to the arrest of Jackson in May 2011. Police had released photos of a suspect to law enforcement agencies and the media that helped lead to Jackson's arrest.

Kent Police arrested Jackson after conducting surveillance of a residence in southwest Federal Way.

According to charging papers, Jackson has adult convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in 2009; obstruction in 2009; residential burglary and fourth-degree assault in 2008; and reckless driving in 2007. He also has juvenile convictions for obstruction and fourth-degree assault in 2006; second-degree robbery in 2004; and fourth-degree assault in 2002.

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