By Ann Nguyen, The Chicago Times
April 8, 2023
Lake County, IL – A former Antioch man has been sentenced to four years in jail for threatening the lives of two Lake County judges.
According to prosecutors, on April 6, Grayson Kash Jackson, 44, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of threatening a public official and was later sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. At the request of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office agreed to prosecute the case to avoid a conflict of interest if prosecuted by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
It is alleged that on October 7, 2021, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from Jackson who voiced his displeasure with a ruling in his pending divorce case. According to authorities, Jackson said over the phone, “That if Judge ***** is not arrested, that he is going to make sure he is f****** dead, six feet under, bury him alongside of Judge *****.” Authorities arrested Jackson at his home in Arkansas and extradited him back to Lake County where he has remained since.
“For our judicial system to operate properly, it is imperative that members of the judiciary or any other officer of the court for that matter, be allowed to perform their duties free from harassment or fear of retribution,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.