Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was found guilty Monday of assaulting a pizza deliveryman who parked in Jackson’s private parking spot near his D.C. condominium blocks from the busy U Street corridor.
Jackson, 32, a Florida native who attended the University of Maryland, was charged with misdemeanor simple assault in the Feb. 3, 2015, altercation. Authorities say police arrived in the 1900 block of 11th Street NW about 8 p.m. when the driver told police that Jackson had punched him on the side of his face and the back of his head after he told Jackson he would be in the parking space “momentarily.”
According to D.C. Superior Court charging documents, Jackson admitted to police that he told the driver to “get the (expletive) out of my parking space” and admitted to putting his hands on the deliveryman. During the trial, the 6-foot-tall, 242-pound Jackson said he struck the deliveryman in self-defense. Jackson lives in the condo during the National Football League’s offseason.
Following a four-day trial, Judge Wendell P. Gardner Jr. found Jackson guilty of the assault, which carries a maximum of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Gardner is scheduled to sentence Jackson on April 6.
Jackson’s attorney, David Schertler, did not respond to requests for comment.