This story was corrected 4:19 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. An explanation follows at the end of the story.
A Bladensburg woman who was charged with orchestrating a chemical attack on a mother and her 3-year-old daughter was sentenced Aug. 3 to 15 years in prison.
Tamara Jackson, 31, also was given five years of supervised release for the March 2010 assault on a woman — the mother of Jackson’s ex-boyfriend’s daughter. Jackson convinced a friend, Tikia Anderson, 31, of Greenbelt to throw liquid drain cleaner onto the victim’s face.
Anderson took a guilty plea agreement to testify against Jackson in a previous trial and received an eight-year prison sentence for her role in the attack.
Both victims suffered severe burns to their faces and bodies, some of which have left permanent scarring.
A jury trial in early May found Jackson guilty of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge John Paul Davey, who ruled on the case, said there were four factors to be considered, including the role of Jackson in the case, the level of harm done to the victims, the special circumstances of both victims in terms of their relationship to her ex-boyfriend and the “vicious and heinous” nature of the offense.
“This is not something we can permit in our community,” he said.
Prior to the sentence, Jackson gave a statement and spoke of her hard-working mentality and kind-hearted personality.
“I’m deeply sorry for being here and it’s very unfortunate what happened. It is a blessing that [the victims] were able to recover to the point that they have,” she said.
Donnell Turner, the Prince George’s County Deputy State’s Attorney, said it is fortunate that both victims have survived the attack and that those responsible have been prosecuted.
“For a long time both of them will look in the mirror and unfortunately will be reminded of the reprehensible actions of these two defendants,” he said. “Today, we send a message that this type of senseless violence and harm will not be tolerated in our community. “
Correction explanation: Anderson’s first name was misspelled.