19-year-old Katari Jackson was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday, March 12th after pleading no contest to murder and robbery charges.
Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford was prepared to take Jackson to trial next week on charges of felony first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, robbery with a firearm, attempted robbery with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Jackson, of 129 Kacy Lane, shot 19-year-old Christopher Purswell, to death March 1, 2013, during a drug deal at East Eighth Street and Helen Avenue. Texts on Jackson’s phone made the night before the shooting showed he was looking to commit a robbery, then set up the drug transaction with Purswell.
23-year-old Brandon Junlakan, an occupant of Purswell’s car, was shot in the face during the encounter, but survived.
Jackson entered his plea to second degree murder with a firearm, attempted first degree murder with a firearm and attempted robbery with a firearm. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced him to 40 years in prison, with a 25 year minimum mandatory, on each charge to run concurrently with each other.