MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting and killing a man, despite her defense that the man had touched her buttocks inappropriately.
An attorney for Jade Ransom, 25, said he will appeal the sentence handed out by a judge Friday, claiming that she deserved less time for the Jan. 27, 2008 slaying.
Ransom, of Morris Township, was charged with the slaying of Jesus Dimas Rodriguez Marques, 23, in Dover, N.J., according to a Star-Ledger report.
She had told police Marques had sexually assaulted her in an alleyway, and that he was armed. But she later said she shot him because he grabbed her buttocks.
Prosecutors had said a fellow jail inmate had reported that Ransom had told her she had shot and killed Marques at random as a Bloods gang initiation, the newspaper reported.
Ransom pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and a weapons offense in January, while jury selection for her murder trial was ongoing.
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