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Randy Jackson, Michael’s Brother, Gets Jail for Wife Beating

November 22, 1991 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Randy Jackson, who along with brother Michael sang in the family group, was sentenced to a month in jail for beating his wife and baby daughter.

Stephen Randall ″Randy″ Jackson, 30, also was placed on two years’ probation Wednesday and ordered to enroll in a domestic violence rehabilitation program.

But on Thursday, defense attorney Vernon McGhee notified Municipal Judge James Kaddo that Jackson had been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, said City Attorney’s Office spokesman Ted Goldstein.

Goldstein said he would request a warrant for Jackson’s arrest unless the defense provided more information on the illness. Kaddo told McGhee to provide details on Jackson’s medical condition.

It was the latest scandal to rock the famous Jackson family.

LaToya Jackson said earlier this year that the Jackson siblings were physically abused by patriarch Joseph Jackson, a charge her father denies.

Jermaine Jackson has publicly criticized the plastic surgery and reclusive lifestyle of superstar brother Michael.

In January, Randy Jackson was charged with misdemeanor battery on his wife, Eliza Shaffy Jackson, 28, and their 14-month-old daughter Steveanna. Goldstein said the abuse lasted a year.

Jackson pleaded no contest to one count of battery on Jan. 14; he was placed on 24 months probation and ordered to enroll immediately in a domestic violence program. But he didn’t obey the order, Goldstein said.

On Oct. 30, Mrs. Jackson phoned Deputy City Attorney Susan Schmitter to report that the beatings had not stopped.

According to court documents, Mrs. Jackson said during the call, ″Oh my God 3/8 He’s coming at me. He’s going to disconnect the phone.″

Schmitter called police and Jackson was arrested, Goldstein said.

The original Jackson 5 included brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. Randy joined later, when the group was known as The Jacksons.

Michael Jackson, by then a solo star, performed occasionally with his brothers.