Zay Jackson to be sentenced Monday, victim speaks out

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Reporter- Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY-   The September 9th surveillance video from the Murray Wal-Mart captures a few horrifying moments.  Jason Clement is seen clinging to the windshield of a white Monte Carlo.

Five weeks later, Clement still remembers what he was thinking, "How am I going to get off this car?  Am I going to see my kids again?"

 

Last week, the driver, Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to 2 counts of wanton endangerment.

Clement says the altercation began after he and his wife, Alia noticed Jackson slam a shopping cart into a parked truck.  Clement said his wife made a comment about how their kids would not even do such a thing and Jackson snapped.  Moments later, he returned and drove his car into the pair.

Clement says he fell on his right arm when Jackson slammed on the brakes and he was thrown from the car. He says he has little mobility in that arm but has not been able to afford medical attention.

Still on the mend, he says he was angered to learn Jackson would be returning to the Murray State University basketball team.  He does not believe a 30-day sentence is enough. 

Circuit Judge Dennis Foust is working over a plea deal but most of it, including that jail time will not change.  Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Blankenship says Foust is pushing for additional testing and possible treatment.

"He thought anger management may not be enough. It may be enough but he wants to have an evaluation done to make sure something like this is never going to happen again."

Blankenship later said of Jackson, "Based on what I'm hearing he's very remorseful. He regrets what this has done to his team, the university, the victims."

But Jason Clement says he does not want to hear it, "Saying you're sorry? That's just words."

Formal sentencing for Zay Jackson will be Monday in Calloway County.  The Clements will be able to speak, but the couple says they are unsure whether or not they will attend.

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