Detroit Opera House attacker gets 18-30 years in prison

Darius Deontae Jackson

The 26-year-old Detroit man who pleaded guilty in an attempted sexual assault of a 61-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Detroit Opera House will be going to prison for up to 30 years.

Darius Deontae Jackson was sentenced Monday for armed robbery, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and a mandatory two years for felony firearms.

He received 16-30 years on the armed robbery conviction and 4-10 years for the attempted sexual penetration. He must serve the two years on the weapons violations before serving the concurrent 16 to 30 years for the other crimes.

Jackson had been charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, criminal sexual assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, multiple variable counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon/felonious assault and felony firearms, which could have sent him to prison for life.

On July 5, Jackson pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal under which some charges were dismissed.

The assault occurred around 11:15 p.m. Feb. 26 as the woman approached her car in the parking lot of the Detroit Opera House in the 1400 block of Broadway in downtown Detroit.

Police said Jackson ordered his victim into the back seat of her vehicle. The woman followed Jackson's command because, she told authorities, she believed Jackson was armed and saw an object in his hand.

Once inside the woman's car, Jackson physically assaulted her and then tried to rape her. She fought Jackson off, fled and alerted security.

Jackson turned himself in to authorities at the Rosa Parks Transit Center a day later.

The woman spoke about her ordeal in court Thursday during what was to be Jackson's original sentencing hearing.

Jackson, she testified, held a gun to her head and asked her if she "wanted to die." She said he took her phone during the attack and she suffered fractures to the left side of her face, a broken finger and some bruises to her body.

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