Brutal strangulation by pro football star
Posted by My News LA | City News Service | March 10, 2017
A former pro Canadian football player and college gridiron star has been sentenced to 11 years in state prison for the “heinous” strangulation that “brutally killed” his mother’s boyfriend in a Santa Monica apartment.
The defendant’s attorney said her client’s brain and body had been “knocked around” in football since he was 5.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernie La Forteza imposed the maximum term on Janzen Jackson, 26, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for Frank Herrera’s September 2013 killing.
“The defendant brutally killed Mr. Herrera using three separate ligatures,” the judge said, adding that Jackson dragged Herrera’s body to the victim’s car and drove it to South Los Angeles, leaving the remains inside to decompose. “Here the defendant committed a very heinous act in killing the victim through strangulation.”
Shortly before being sentenced, Jackson said, “I am deeply sorry for what has happened … It was a tragedy that someone lost his life.”
Jackson — who played college football for the University of Tennessee and McNeese State University before going on to play for the Toronto Argonauts – – maintained that the killing happened in self-defense.
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