'Does It Take Someone Dying?' Woman Upset Over Former Okla. County Deputy's 'No Contest' Plea

A metro woman came forward to News 9 to tell her story. Her ex-boyfriend was charged with kidnapping and assaulting her when she was pregnant in 2022. Today, he pleaded no contest.

Wednesday, November 15th 2023, 10:28 pm

By: News 9, Sylvia Corkill


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A former Oklahoma County Sheriff's Deputy charged with kidnapping and assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in 2022 will serve no prison time.

He pleaded no contest in court on Wednesday.

Despite Anthony Jackson’s conviction, his ex-girlfriend, Hanna Gunn was disappointed with the outcome.

“I wanted him to say he was guilty. He hurt me. He hurt my daughter. He’s made an impact on our lives forever,” she said.

Jackson was arrested in October 2022.

"October 5 is when everything just exploded,” said Gunn, “He would yell at me, get in my face, spitting at me. 'You're not leaving here with my baby. I hope your baby dies.'”

More than a year after Jackson was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and threatening their unborn child, Gunn spoke to a courtroom Wednesday.

"Anthony is physically and mentally abusive. For months, I lived under his manipulative narcissistic power,” she said.

Reading her statement, Gunn found her voice, something she said Jackson robbed her of during the course of their relationship. “I was belittled and told to get up and show some respect,” said Gunn.

Gunn said that at the time, a 16-year veteran of the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, Jackson used his position to control her.

"I was told I could not leave because he, as a (deputy) with Oklahoma County, knew all of the judges and officers, and I would never see my unborn child,” said Gunn. 

Gunn finally had enough.

"How am I supposed to live like this? Walk on eggshells for the rest of my life? If he treats me like this, how will he treat her?” said Gunn.

For the sake of her children, she filed a protective order and reported the assault. Jackson was fired. Gunn recently learned there would be no trial.

"Yesterday, I got a call from the DA saying our best option is to give him a plea deal. If we go to a jury trial we're going to lose,” said Gunn. 

Under the terms of his plea deal, Jackson will serve three years deferred, was stripped of his CLEET certification, and can't have contact with Gunn or their daughter. Convicted on a felony charge, Jackson is no longer able to possess a firearm.

"This is why many women don’t report what’s happening to them. We’re No. 1 for domestic violence because we don’t stop it. What does it take? Does it take someone dying?

 Jackson's attorney declined to comment on the case.

 The following statement was issued by the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office----

 “It is never the intent of this office to give up on a victim or their case. But all of our charging and/or plea decisions are based on the evidence. If the evidence isn’t sufficient to prove all of the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, hard decisions have to be made. Those decisions are discussed with the victim prior to an agreement being made with the defense. We truly understand her disappointment.”
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