Woman Gets 120 Years for Daughters' Deaths

Four girls found decomposing in her home

By SARAH KARUSH
|  Friday, Dec 18, 2009  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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Woman Gets 120 Years for Daughters' Deaths

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A Washington, D.C., woman who was convicted of killing her four daughters has been sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Banita Jacks was found in her southeast Washington rowhouse in January 2008 with her children's decomposing bodies.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick H. Weisberg handed down the sentence Friday after first rejecting a defense motion calling into question Jacks' earlier refusal to use an insanity defense.

Weisberg sentenced Jacks to the mandatory minimum of 30 years for the murder of each child. He rejected the defense's suggestion that the sentences should run concurrently.
 

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