This story was updated 4:48 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012.
A Bladensburg woman could face 65 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of masterminding a March 2010 chemical assault that injured an Oxon Hill woman and her child, according to the Prince George's County state's attorney's office.
A jury found Tamara Jackson, 31, guilty of second-degree assault of the woman who was the mother of Jackson's ex-boyfriend's daughter, according to the state's attorney's office. The state prosecution said Jackson allegedly directed her friend, Tikia Shauntice Anderson, 31, of Greenbelt, to throw a cup of drain cleaner in the woman's face after Jackson believed her ex-boyfriend had been talking to the victim. Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge John Paul Davey presided over the trial.
Both the victim and her 3-year-old daughter suffered burns from the attack, the victim testified Monday.
Jackson also was found guilty of reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and solicitation to commit first-degree assault against the victim, said John Erzen, a spokesman for the county state's attorney's office.
Jackson's attorney, Douglas Wood, wrote in an email Friday that they are “disappointed” in the verdict but said Jackson was acquitted of the felony counts. Jackson was found not guilty of first-degree assault against the victim and her child, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment against the child, two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon and conspiracy and solicitation charges against the child.
“It was certainly a complicated case and we believe that the jury verdict indicates that the jury rejected most of the evidence the State presented,” Wood wrote.
Anderson testified May 1 that Jackson instructed her to throw the drain cleaner because the victim would recognize Jackson and not her. Anderson could receive an eight-year prison sentence instead of 35 years for her role in the attack in exchange for her testimony per an agreement with the state prosecution, Anderson testified.
Davey revoked Jackson's bond and sent her back to prison at the request of state prosecutors, Erzen said.
Anderson was scheduled to be sentenced Friday, but the sentencing will be rescheduled until her attorney, Gladys Weatherspoon, completes an unrelated six-week trial, Weatherspoon wrote Friday in an email to The Gazette.