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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Jamell Jackson

TrueAllele finds man’s DNA on firearm after shooting uncle’s foot

Crime In December 2018, a man was shot in the foot during a family argument in his home.
Evidence A Smith & Wesson firearm was collected as evidence.
DNA The Pennsylvania State Police crime lab developed DNA mixture data from the firearm.
Match The lab was unable to interpret the mixture data. The DNA sample was degraded, and the mixture was too complex.
TrueAllele The computer found a match statistic of 2.47 million between the firearm and defendant Jamell Jackson.
Cybergenetics    On November 8, 2019, DNA analyst Jennifer Bracamontes testified before an Erie County jury about the TrueAllele results.
Outcome On November 12, 2019, the jury found Mr. Jackson guilty of aggravated assault and prohibited firearm possession. Judge John Mead sentenced him to 5 to 10 years in state prison.
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