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Local women gets 20 years for manslaughter
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A Hinesville woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after accepting a plea agreement last month that reduced her murder charge to voluntary manslaughter.

The hearing for Latasha Jackson took place last month in Liberty County Superior Court.

Jackson was accused of stabbing Roosevelt Buchannan, 73, in the stomach at his Azalea Street home Oct. 19, 2006, and then fleeing in his car. Originally, she was charged with theft by taking of an automobile and two counts of aggravated assault. The assault charge later turned to a felony murder charge when Buchannan died in the hospital nearly one month after the stabbing.

According to a Hinesville Police Department report, Jackson called an acquaintance and asked her to check on Buchannan because she had cut him during an argument. The acquaintance, Kendra Williams, said she drove to Buchannan's house but did not go into the residence. Instead, she called 911 from the driveway.

When police arrived, they found the front door ajar and Buchannan lying in a pool of blood in the living room.

One of Buchannan's neighbors reported seeing Buchannan's vehicle leave the residence earlier "in a hurry."

Buchannan was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

Jackson was found in a wooded area near Buchannan's abandoned vehicle and arrested. She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault but not prosecuted.

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