Tyasia Jackson

Ty’asia Jackson, who was 13 when she murdered her 2-year-old sister, Sasha Ray, will spend the next 8 years behind bars, She will serve 4 years on probation.

Sasha’s body was found in the back yard of the family’s condo by her parents who left her and two other siblings in Ty’asia’s care on Nov. 19, 2012.

The toddler’s biological father, Shelton Ray, told Channel 2 Action News his stepdaughter confessed to stabbing Sasha during a phone call from jail.

Tyasia Jackson

Ty’aisa and Sasha’s mother stormed out of the courtroom on Thursday when she heard Ty’asia plead guilty to killing Sasha. Prosecutors had asked for a 20-year sentence to serve 10 behind bars. Prosecutors say Ty’asia stabbed the toddler out of anger because the toddler led a neighbor to Ty’asia’s boyfriend, who was hiding in a closet.

“Not only was she stabbed multiple times but there was an attempt to hide the murder,” Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicole Golden said in court.

Jackson’s defense attorneys asked Judge Gregory Adams for a 5 year sentence citing a mental evaluation that concluded Jackson could be rehabilitated.

“He did believe that Ty’aisa actions were the result of a brief mental break,” public defender Melanie Williams said.

“I will sentence her to 12 years to serve 8 years in custody,” Judge Adams said.

After court, Sasha’s biological father, Shelton Ray, said he still loves his stepdaughter. “Yes I do still love you, Ty’aisa,” Ray said. Ray told WSBTV he felt responsible for the tragedy.

“Sometimes I think about was it something that I didn’t do. Something more that I could have done,” he said.

He urged parents to watch their kids and talk to them to make sure they’re not overwhelmed. He sent a message to his stepdaughter, telling her to keep her head up, be strong, keep reading and stay positive while she serves her sentence. Jackson will get credit for the year she has served. She will have to serve four years probation once she gets out. Source

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