A Tacoma man was sentenced to 21 years, two months in prison today after he admitted shooting a woman to death near downtown earlier this year.
Ben Aaron Strickland, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 7 death of Carmen Jackson. Jackson, 51, died on the sidewalk in the 500 block of South Seventh Street. Authorities said she’d been shot in the head.
Prosecutors alleged that Strickland killed Jackson after she refused to hand over a $50 bill she was carrying. Police found the money in her pocket.
Investigators contend Strickland spent several hours prior to the murder robbing people of money and drugs.
Strickland apologized for his actions before being sentenced, deputy prosecutor Kawyne Lund said.