Extradited from Arizona, defendant convicted of South Sacramento drive-by murder

A man who fled the Sacramento area following an August 2017 homicide was convicted of second-degree murder at a jury trial that concluded yesterday at Sacramento Superior Court.

Dayshawn Lee Jackson, 25, was convicted of the second-degree murder of Larry Ragsdale Jr., shooting from a car at a person, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jackson was also found guilty of personally using and firing a firearm causing death during the commission of the murder and firing from the car. 

Evidence introduced in the trial showed that just after on August 27, 2017, Jackson was inside the car he was driving when he fired a gun multiple times at people outside of a party on 7500 block of Cotton Tree Way. Ragsdale was struck in the torso and killed at the scene.  

Following the shooting, Jackson fled the state and was later located in Arizona and was extradited in June 2018. The court found that Jackson had previously been convicted of a strike, first-degree residential burglary. 

Jackson faces a maximum sentence of 55 years to life in prison with sentencing set on December 13. The case was handled by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Gangs & Hate Crimes Unit.  

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