CLAYTON — A Spanish Lake man received a 23-year prison term this week for fatally shooting his landlord and dumping his burned remains.
St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen "Nellie" Ribaudo sentenced Brandon D. Jackson, 34, on Monday after he pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter, armed criminal action, evidence tampering and abandonment of a corpse. Jackson was set to stand trial this week for second-degree murder and the other counts.
Police said Jackson fatally shot Wilbert Irving, 39, last July and disposed of his body in West Alton, Missouri, with the help of Jackson's wife, brother and another woman.
Jackson's wife, Raven Bennett, 29, and his brother, Brian Jackson, 29, each were sentenced Monday to five years of probation in exchange for their guilty pleas last year to evidence tampering and corpse abandonment.
A fourth defendant, Gabriell N. Ward, 26, of Pine Lawn, pleaded guilty last year to the same charges but failed to appear for court Monday for sentencing. A judge issued a warrant for her arrest.
Irving was a taxi driver who gave Brandon Jackson and his wife a place to stay at his home in the 1700 block of Woodstream Drive in the Spanish Lake area when the couple had nowhere else to go, Irving's brother told the Post-Dispatch last year.
After killing Irving, the Jackson brothers, Bennett and Ward stuffed Irving’s body into his cab, drove to a rural area near the Mississippi River and set Irving's body on fire, according to court records. They drove back to St. Louis and abandoned the cab.