Brown gets 10 years for killing
HUNTINGTON -- Cieasha Shana Brown apologized and sought home confinement Thursday as her defense attorney painted her deceased victim as a Detroit drug dealer who abused women.
Neither effort succeed as Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson ordered a 10-year prison sentence for the Huntington woman who fatally stabbed Lamar Jackson, a man with whom she was intimately involved.
Brown, 22, pleaded guilty in September to voluntary manslaughter. Ferguson approved of the reduced charge saying he never believed it amounted to murder, however a life was taken without evidence of drug involvement.
"I think that's fair," he said of the punishment. "The bottom line there is somebody that you killed. You've got to pay for that. (Brown) is intelligent, and I think she can still make something out of her life and hopefully will."
The March 22, 2011, stabbing death followed a physical altercation between the couple at Brown's residence in the 1800 block of Rural Avenue. She had allowed him to move into the residence about one week earlier.
Brown claims to have been bitten by Jackson. She retaliated with a hit. Brown, still feeling threatened for her life, then grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Jackson one time. The defense has blamed her poor eyesight saying it, not her aim, caused the knife to penetrate Jackson's neck as opposed to another portion of his body.
"It wasn't intentional," she said.
Investigators say Jackson, 31, ran from the home and eventually collapsed on a neighboring porch at 1302 18th St. It was located a few houses downhill.
Jackson's family, who prosecutors expected to speak at Thursday's hearing, never appeared in court. That handicapped Assistant Prosecutor Sean Hammers, who had agreed to remain silent as to her punishment believing the family would seek the maximum, 15-year sentence.
The 10-year sentence means Brown will be eligible for parole consideration after serving two-and-a-half years, Hammers said. She already has approximately 300 days credit.
Ferugson, who entered the courtroom with no set punishment in mind, mentioned Brown's home confinement violation and her relationship with other felony suspects who previously appeared in his court.
Brown apologized for the home confinement mishap, which concerned marijuana possession and visiting an unauthorized residence in the months leading to her plea. She called the violation "selfish" and "childish," explaining she had grown up during her past 10 months of incarceration.
"I've had a lot of time to think about what I did," she said. "I want to go home, go to school, pursue a career in something so I can do better for myself and my son."
Defense attorney Kerry Nessel said the 10-year sentence is much longer than either he or his client anticipated. He expects to file a motion for reconsideration within a couple of weeks.