Sentencing delayed for Nick Jackson

Nicholas Jackson

Nicholas Jackson

ATLANTA -- The sentencing of Nick Jackson has been rescheduled for the end of May.

Jackson -- the Norcross man whose cocaine business is believed to have enticed the robbers accused of killing his 15-year-old son -- pleaded guilty in February to one federal count of distributing cocaine. His sentencing, during which he could be given anywhere from 10 years to life in prison, was originally scheduled for Friday.

The hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr., though, has now been moved to May 23, court records showed.

Federal agents investigated Jackson and eight others from Jan. 2011 to July 2012, reportedly learning of an extensive cocaine distribution ring with direct ties to Mexico. The probe came to a halt after Jackson's right-hand man, Darren Dunlap, was pulled over while transporting five kilograms of coke -- investigators wiretapped subsequent phone calls between Dunlap, Jackson and another dealer.

That all happened several months following the death of Jackson's 15-year-old son, Nicholas Jackson II, who was killed on Feb. 2, 2012. The teenager, an honor student and gifted athlete, was shot through the basement door of his family's Norcross home while trying to prevent a robbing crew of at least seven men from entering.

The men were reportedly lured to the house by rumors of $1 million and large quantities of drugs stashed inside.

Jackson was originally indicted on several counts of drug trafficking and money laundering, but his guilty plea and cooperation with authorities reduced the charges against him. The single count of distributing cocaine typically carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and can also carry up to a $10 million fine.