Central Illinois woman sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder, armed robbery

URBANA - A central Illinois woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for robbing a man after severely injuring him.

In September, a jury found Nicole Jackson, 39, guilty of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery in the May 2013 attack on Andrew Procell, 32.

According to prosecutors, Jackson slashed Procell's throat, then stole a laptop computer and cash.  Prosecutors add that Jackson told Procell she hoped that he would die.  Authorities say Procell was able to leave his apartment, but collapsed in the street due to blood loss.  He was found by a passerby soon after.

Prosecutors say Jackson should serve more time due to her long criminal record.  However, Jackson's attorney argued that she should serve the minimum of 12 years, saying that she suffers from mental illnesses.

Jackson will be required to serve at least 21.5 years of her sentence.
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