<
>

Jackson sentenced to 90 days in jail for impersonating TE Tuman

Brian Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception and one count of identity theft after persuading a woman to loan him $3,200. Scott Goldsmith

PITTSBURGH -- A man with a history of impersonating
Pittsburgh Steelers players was given jail time Wednesday for
persuading a woman to loan him $3,200 while he pretended to be
tight end Jerame Tuman.

Brian Jackson, 33, of Brentwood, pleaded guilty to one count of
theft by deception and one count of identity theft. He was
sentenced to 90 days in jail and placed on probation for five
years.

Jackson met the woman through a friend in March 2006 and he told
her he was Tuman, Assistant District Attorney Debra Barnisin-Lange
said.

The woman gave him money on several occasions. Jackson was
arrested after she sent a letter to Tuman through the Steelers
asking for the money back. Tuman turned the letter over to Steelers
security.

"It seems like you have a penchant for doing this," Allegheny
County Common Pleas Judge Gerard Bigley said. "If you ever come
back here again, I'm going to send you to a state prison."

In 2005, Jackson was charged with impersonating quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his backup, Brian St. Pierre, to meet women. He
was ordered to undergo counseling and sentenced to 30 days in jail
after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

"I'd like to apologize to [the victim] and Mr. Tuman," said
Jackson, who repaid the money and must report to jail by Aug. 24.
"My actions have caused a mess."

Jackson's attorney, James Sheets, asked for probation, but
Bigley said, "I don't think 90 days in jail is going to kill
him."