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Sheriff catches shooting suspect

MANATEE — A 22-year-old man being sought since the holidays has been charged with attempted murder and is jailed on a million-dollar bond.

Kenneth B. Jackson of Palmetto was arrested Friday afternoon by Sheriff Brad Steube and numerous deputies who caught him in gas station parking lot.

Jackson is accused of shooting 21-year-old Glover A. Yawn Jr. once in the chest early Christmas morning in front of a rooming house in Palmetto in the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue Drive East.

Friends drove Yawn to Manatee Memorial Hospital, he said in a previous interview. Yawn recovered.

Jackson, who has a history of cocaine convictions, stood before Manatee County Judge Scott Brownell at his first appearance at the Manatee County Jail early Saturday.

Public defender Franklin Roberts told Jackson to say nothing in open court or to other inmates that would hurt his case.

“You’ve been arrested on some very serious charges. You could face anywhere from 25 years to life,” he said.

Jackson remained silent.

Detectives were able to arrest Jackson after a deputy spotted him shopping at DeSoto Square mall.

The sheriff’s office sent numerous units to find Jackson. He managed to elude authorities by getting into a car and traveling down Cortez Road.

Units followed Jackson, who was a passenger, in a vehicle.

Sheriff Steube joined in the pursuit and was sitting on an access road in the 6600 block of Cortez Road in a Shell gas station parking lot.

Jackson bolted from the car and began running, according to authorities.

“I got my car in front of him. He realized it was a police car. He went down on the ground and put his hands behind his back,” Steube said in a telephone interview Saturday when asked about the arrest.

“I just happened to be there at the right place at the right time,” he said.

It’s possible Jackson may have ties to family feuding against the Yawns, according to authorities. Trouble began brewing in Dec-ember 2004 when a 15-year-old boy was killed.

Johnathan Miles Simmons, 15, was shot in the head with a stray bullet at the Miller residence in east Bradenton while attending a house party.

Yawn, who was 17 at the time, was punched and knocked to the ground at the party. Yawn waved a gun and fired two shots in the air and one into the crowd, according to testimony at his second-degree murder trial in 2006. A six-person jury acquitted Yawn. In December, Jackson allegedly shot Yawn shortly after he was released from prison in November.

Consequently, Yawn’s younger brother, 18-year-old Tevin Yawn, was shot multiple times and killed Feb. 28 at the same rooming house where his older brother was shot.

Just an hour after Tevin Yawn’s death, at 4:47 a.m., Bradenton Police responded to a residence in the 2100 block of 15th Street East in which approximately 30 shots were fired. No one was injured. The home is the same location where the 15-year-old boy was killed.

No arrests have been made in Tevin Yawn’s murder.

Anyone with any information about Tevin Yawn’s death can contact Manatee County Sheriff Detective Jeff Bliss at 747-3011, ext. 2159, or remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).

Beth Burger, criminal justice reporter, can be reached at 708-7919.

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