MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Kayron Jackson, aka Alkama Jackson, aka “Keys”, age thirty-eight (38), of Mount Olive, New Jersey, has been convicted and sentenced for his involvement in the May 2017 death of Jennifer Ward, age thirty-five (35), in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Jackson was sentenced to eight years as a result of his previous guilty plea to the crime of first degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death. Jackson will be required to serve eighty-five percent of that sentence before being eligible for parole pursuant to the “No Early Release Act” (NERA), said authorities. He will also be subject to a five-year period of parole supervision upon his release from prison. 

In October 2017, Jackson was charged by way of an eighteen (18) count Indictment with various crimes, including the first-degree crime of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death, said Prosecutor Knapp. The charges stemmed from an investigation into the death of Jennifer Ward. The investigation ultimately revealed that Jackson distributed Fentanyl to Ward on the night before her death. 

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The first degree crime of Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death states that any person who manufactures, distributes or dispenses any of a number of controlled dangerous substances is strictly liable for a death that results from the injection, inhalation, or ingestion of that substance.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, in conjunction with other County and local law enforcement agencies, continues to investigate the distribution of controlled dangerous substances that result in fatal overdoses as a homicide". said Prosecutor Knapp. "Significant time and resources are continuously dedicated to this ongoing effort. In addition to the two convictions for Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death, there have been multiple other Defendants convicted and sentenced to periods in State Prison for their distribution of controlled dangerous substances, the injection, inhalation, or ingestion of which factored into the death of others who have fatally overdosed.”