Jackson hears her sentence after Albany murder trial

Jackson hears her sentence after Albany murder trial
Teresa Billingsley (Source: WALB)
Teresa Billingsley (Source: WALB)
Defense Attorney Phil Cannon (Source: WALB)
Defense Attorney Phil Cannon (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Kamesha Jackson was accused of fatally stabbing her long-time boyfriend Charles Porter. She was found not guilty of murder, but guilty on the lesser included charge of involuntary manslaughter, a felony.

Jackson was convicted of cruelty to children, possession of a knife during a felony and not guilty on obstruction of an officer.

On Monday, Jackson was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, ordered to pay $1,500 in fines and ordered to take parenting, domestic violence and anger management classes.

During Monday's sentencing, the mother of one of Porter's children, Teresa Billingsley, recalled the moment she told her son what happened to his dad.

"When I had to tell my son when he was away during a basketball game, 'he's OK.' I kept having to say 'he's OK' until the Greyhound Bus came. When he got off the bus, he knew. And it hurt him to his heart," said Billingsley.

Jackson's attorney, Phil Cannon, said his purpose in the case was to not let Jackson spend the rest of her life behind bars.

"My goal in representing Ms. Jackson was to get her out of a life sentence. I went in to this jury trial arguing that she was not guilty of malice murder and not guilty of felony murder, which gets her out of a life sentence," explained Cannon.

Jackson is now out on house arrest at her Terrell County home and will have to turn herself in by April 5 at noon to the Dougherty Co. Jail.

She will be eligible for probation.

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