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Tacoma man pleads guilty to shooting woman to death over $50

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm with 3 Comments »
October 29, 2009 3:49 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. How many chances has this worthless piece of filth been given? Now we get to support him for the next 15 years or so, then turn him loose on society again huh? What a waste of tax money.

  2. lizzifer says:

    Rest in Peace, NeNe. U are missed. Thanks for always making me laff.

  3. interWOLFone says:

    IMPO…anytime a firearm is used during a crime, it should merit an automatic death penalty…regardless of whether the crime resulted in injury, or fatality.

    This crime didn’t merit a second degree murder conviction…but IMPO…it merits a conviction based upon premeditated first degree murder perpetrated during the act of armed robbery.

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