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West Tenn. woman awaiting new trial in mother's stabbing death pleads guilty


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A West Tennessee woman who was awaiting a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Noura Jackson entered an Alford plea Wednesday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the death of Jennifer Jackson, who was stabbed more than 50 times in June 2005. Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.

The 28-year-old Jackson can seek immediate parole because has been in jail or prison for nearly 10 years.

Jackson was originally convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years and nine months.

In August, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a new trial, citing two constitutional errors made by lead prosecutor Amy Weirich, the current Shelby County District Attorney.

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