A teenager was sentenced to spend seven years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing her 2-year-old sister to death Monday in DeKalb County.
Ty’Aisa Jackson, 14, was sentenced to 12 years, eight of which must be served behind bars, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. Jackson, who could have faced life in prison, will get credit for time served.
Jackson was 13 when she was accused of stabbing her 2-year-old sister Sasha LaMaya Ray in November 2012.
On Feb. 19, 2012, Jackson was watching her four younger siblings when her parents were called and told that young Sasha had disappeared from the family’s home at 3313 Waldrop Trail, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish has said.
Jackson said she couldn’t find the toddler and joined in the search.
Sasha was found in the backyard of the townhome with multiple stab wounds to the chest, police said. She died as her parents rushed her to the hospital in their car.
Police responding to the scene eventually determined that Sasha’s killer was not one or more wild animals as her father, Mr. Shelton Ray initially suspected, and took Jackson in for questioning.
Jackson would later call Mr. Ray, her stepfather, from police headquarters to confess that she had stabbed her sister, Mr. Ray told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in November.
Prosecutors charged Jackson as an adult.
Defense attorneys have provided a psychological assessment of Jackson from Emory University psychological professor Dr. Eugene Emory, who said she appeared to have “some loosening of contact with reality” at the time of the incident, the AJC reported.
Prosecutors are now seeking their own psychological review, officials said.
Jackson is currently being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center until her trial. She will be transferred to adult jail when she turns 17.
“This was an extremely difficult case for our office,” District Attorney Robert James said. “There are no winners in this case. We have a family that is broken emotionally beyond what many of us could comprehend. Ty’Aisa and Sasha’s family will forever be changed by this terrible situation.”
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