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Defendant seeks reduced sentence

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson agreed to consider a lighter sentence for Cieasha Shana Brown but made no promises, saying some things have not changed.

"The bottom line is she's still breathing and somebody else is not," he said.

Brown was convicted in the death of Huntington man Lamar Jackson, 31, who received a fatal stab wound during a domestic dispute with Brown.

The defendant, 22, received a 10-year prison sentence in November after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

It all stems from a early morning incident March 22, 2011, in the 1800 block of Rural Avenue. Investigators said the Jackson received a stab wound to his neck, ran from the home and eventually collapsed on a neighboring porch at 1302 18th St. The porch was located a few houses away.

Brown and her attorneys once again sought home confinement Wednesday. They presented evidence arguing that Jackson was a drug dealer with marijuana in his system at the time of his death. They also allege Jackson physically abused Brown.

Ferguson said those facts do little to change the fact that somebody died. He also mentioned Brown's earlier home confinement violation and pointed out it was her decision to allow Jackson to live at her home.

Ferguson took the matter under advisement announcing no time table for a decision with regards to her 10-year prison sentence.

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