Bay Co. Teen Sentenced for Drug Related Murder

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A 19-year-old from Florida's Panhandle has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the death of a man during a drug deal.

Katrari Jackson entered a no contest plea and was sentenced on Wednesday in Panama City. Judge Michael Overstreet ruled that the first 25 years are a minimum mandatory, meaning Jackson won't be eligible for a reduced sentence before then.

Jackson faced life in prison if found guilty of second-degree murder in the March 1, 2013 death of Christopher Purswell. A second man was shot in the face but survived.

Jackson's trial was scheduled to start Monday.

The plea deal followed a deal co-defendant Damon Washington made last week in which he agreed to testify against Jackson.

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