Man Accused of Pulling Knife on Officers in Williamsburg Hotel Sentenced to Lesser Charge is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse (staff photo)
The Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse (staff photo)

A 51-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to a charge that stems from a January incident when police say he refused to leave a hotel room and pulled a knife on officers.

Christopher Todd Jackson was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, but that charge was reduced to misdemeanor obstruction of justice without force Friday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Jackson was sentenced to 12 months in jail, court records show.

Police say Jackson was staying in the Motel 6 on Richmond Road on Jan. 17 with a service dog when he argued with management over the cleanliness of his room.

Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department said Jackson became “verbally belligerent” with hotel staff, so much so that management asked him to leave the hotel by 3 p.m.

When police were called to the hotel at 3:05 p.m. that day, they found Jackson and all of his possessions still in the room.

Officers tried to arrest Jackson, who is in a wheelchair, and Jackson pulled out a knife and prepared to throw it at them, Riley said.

One of the officers then used a stun gun on Jackson to stop him from using the knife, and officers were able to arrest him.

Court records show Jackson underwent a mental evaluation and was found competent to stand trial in April.

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