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Two charged with attempted murder in apparent road rage case

DIXON – In what investigators say is an apparent case of road rage, two men are facing attempted murder charges, accused of shooting at a van that was being driven by a Dixon man.

Kennedy L. Jackson Jr., 25, of Helena, Arkansas, is in Lee County Jail on $1 million bond, charged with attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Courtney D. Gaines, 24, of Memphis, Tennessee, is awaiting extradition on the same charges; his bond also is set at $1 million.

The incident happened Aug. 19 in the westbound lane of Interstate 88 just before the toll booth, Lee County Assistant State’s Attorney Charlie Boonstra said. Gaines and Jackson were in one vehicle.

No one was injured, Boonstra said.

He declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Attempted murder carries 6 to 30 years in prison, or up to 80 years if the victim is an officer, firefighter, or corrections officer acting in an official capacity; 20 years can be added for the use of a gun, and at least 85 percent of the term must be served.

Aggravated discharge is punishable by 4 to 15 years.

An arrest warrant was issued Sept. 3 for Jackson; he was arrested Sept. 4 in West Memphis, Arkansas, and booked into the jail Wednesday evening, court records show. Allison Fagerman was appointed to represent him.

Gaines is represented by Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson.

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