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Noura Jackson sentenced to 20 years, 9 months

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Noura Jackson, a Memphis woman convicted in the stabbing death of her mother, showed no emotion as she was sentenced on Friday to 20 years and nine months in state prison.

"She killed the only person who really loved her," said Judge Chris Craft.

The sentence, just five years short of the maximum for second degree murder, will likely include the 3.5 years she has already served in the Shelby County jail while awaiting trial.

Last month, a Memphis jury found the 22-year-old guilty of second degree murder in the 2005 stabbing death of her investment banker mother, Jennifer Jackson.

Jennifer Jackson's body was discovered in the home she shared with her daughter. She had been stabbed more than 50 times.

At Friday's sentencing, Craft characterized Noura Jackson as a street-wise teen motivated by greed. 

"I just think she knew exactly what she was doing," he said.

The judge's sentence followed a five-hour hearing in which the victim's friend, Genevieve Dix, read an impact statement on behalf of her family.

"No amount of time will allow us to comprehend the brutal massacre of our beloved Jennifer by the daughter she loved most in the world," she said.
     
But many feel Noura Jackson is also a victim.
 
"I just can't believe that he gave her 20 years. I can't even believe she was convicted," said one friend.
     
They gathered outside the courtroom and vowed to raise money for her appeal.
 
"I know Noura would have never hurt anybody like that," said friend Kathy Young. "I just know it.
     
A hearing on a defense motion for a new trial for Noura Jackson is set for the end of April. 
 
 

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