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Teen sentenced to 12 years in sister’s death

Ken Watts | 12/30/2013, 7:19 p.m.
Ty'aisa Jackson leaves DeKalb Superior Court in Decatur Dec. 30 after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in the stabbing death of her 2-year-old sister, Sasha Ray.

A 14-year-old Ellenwood girl charged with malice murder in the stabbing death of her 2-year-old sister entered a plea deal Monday in DeKalb Superior Court that will let her out of prison in eight years.

Ty’aisa Jackson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in an agreement with the DeKalb District Attorney’s office.

Judge Gregory A. Adams imposed a 12-year sentence on Jackson, who was accused of killing Sasha Ray on Nov. 19, 2012, at the family’s townhouse on Waldrop Trail. As part of her deal, Jackson will serve eight years in prison and the balance of her sentence on probation.

“This was an extremely difficult case for our office,” said District Attorney Robert James. “There are no winners in this case. We have a family that is broken emotionally beyond what many of us could comprehend. Ty'aisa and Sasha’s family will forever be changed by this terrible situation.”

Ty'aisa, an eighth-grader at Cedar Grove Middle School, was home on Thanksgiving break when she was baby sitting Sasha and her three other sisters Sanai, 5; Shanell, 4; and Sade, 3. She called her mother Haneefa Ray and stepfather Shelton Ray at work to report Sasha missing. Shelton Ray found the bleeding toddler in woods behind the townhouse.

At first he thought the puncture wounds on Sasha were from a dog attack but police later told the family that Ty'aisa confessed to stabbing the 2-year-old seven times in the chest on Nov. 19 and hiding her body in the woods.

Jackson will begin her sentence in a juvenile facility. When she turns 17, she will be transferred to an adult correctional facility.