40 year Prison Sentence Given to 19 Year old Murder Suspect

Nineteen year old Katari Jackson was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday 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 Christopher Purswell, 19, 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.

Brandon Junlakan, 23, 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.


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