A Hempstead man sentenced last month for attempted murder during a home invasion has pleaded guilty to two other home invasions and two residential burglaries -- all in the days after superstorm Sandy, authorities said Friday.
Artie Jackson, 48, pleaded guilty to 36 remaining counts in an indictment Thursday, including attempted murder, robbery, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment.
Jackson faces 35 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on all of the counts on Feb. 25.
Nassau County prosecutors say the crime spree began on Nov. 7, 2012, when Jackson invaded a Hempstead home and tied up a father, his two sons and a friend. He fired a shot into the ceiling before stealing property, including a car. The next day, in Garden City, he locked a girl and her parents in their basement after firing shots at the girl and her mother. He also stole property, including a family car, prosecutors said.
Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 9, 2012, Jackson burglarized two Garden City houses, according to prosecutors.
On Nov. 11, 2012, he broke into an East Garden City home, where he raped, beat and tried to strangle a woman, who escaped to a neighbor's property, where police were called, prosecutors said. Police caught Jackson fleeing in a stolen car from that home invasion.
Last October, he was convicted on all 18 counts in the East Garden City attack, including second-degree attempted murder, predatory sexual assault and rape. He was sentenced in December to 25 years to life.
"Our homes are our sanctuaries and they're the last place that any Long Islander should ever expect to face the violence and terror of an armed home invasion, especially after a natural disaster," acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.
Jackson's attorney, Dana Grossblatt of Jericho, said her client pleaded guilty to avoid going to trial and was promised a sentence he could accept.