By BETH STEBNER
PUBLISHED: 01:04 EST, 4 August 2012 | UPDATED: 05:44 EST, 4 August 2012
- Tamara Jackson sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for March 2010 Drano attack
- Jackson recruited friend to drench Katrina Watts and 3-year-old daughter with corrosive chemical cleaner
- Mother and daughter permanently scarred from attack
A woman accused of orchestrating a vicious attack on a mother and her 3-year-old daughter with liquid Drano has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Tamara Jackson, 31, was convicted of several charges, including second-degree assault, for her part in the March 29, 2010 incident in suburban Washington, D.C.
Her accomplice Tikia Anderson was also convicted of charges against her, including possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. She was the one who poured the powerful chemical on the two, and is currently serving an eight-year sentence.
Crime of passion: Tamara Jackson, left, was convicted of plotting to attack her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, and recruited Tikia Anderson, right, to pour Drano on the woman and her 3-year-old daughter
Victims: Katrina Watts and her daughter, pictured in a handout family photo before the attack, both received bad chemical burns in the attack
Jackson was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday, after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault in May.
Prosecutors said that she was primarily motivated by jealousy, for the express reason that the woman, Katrina Watts, had recently began dating Jackson’s ex-boyfriend.
According to a Patch article from last year, Jackson and Anderson drove to Oxon Hill, Maryland and waited in a parking lot for the boyfriend’s new girlfriend to come home.
When they saw Ms Watts approaching, Jackson took a bottle of the liquid Drano, opened it, and poured some of its contents into a cup, police said.
Beautiful girl: Ms Watts’ daughter, pictured before the attack; she keeps telling her daughter that she’s beautiful regardless of how she looks
Evidence: The jury was shown pictures of their burns, like this one; they found Jackson guilty in May
Skin deep: Watts said in a 2011 interview that she was furious with Jackson for involving an innocent child and scarring her for life
Fearing that the woman would recognise her, Jackson convinced Anderson to douse the new love interest in the lye product.
‘My daughter’s beautiful regardless of how she looks and I always teach her that.’
Anderson managed to steep the woman and her 3-year-old daughter on their bodies and faces.
After the attack, the mother ran to find a police officer, and told them that she had been attacked. She and her daughter were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for burns.
However, the Drano had done its damage, and both were left with permanent burns and disfigurements because of the attack.
Police said the girl had severe chemical burns to her head, torso, and below her eye.
According to a report by WJLA in May, Ms Watts and the man involved in the love triangle did not end up getting back together.
Vicious: She was attacked outside her apartment complex in Oxon Hill, Maryland, part of suburban Washington, D.C.; here, police and workers in haz-mat suits at the scene
HOUSEHOLD HELPER OR DEADLY DEVICE? MORE ON DRANO
Drano, used to clean plumbing of clogs and residue, is comprised of several strong chemicals, including lye, sodium silicate, and sodium hypochorite.
Drano’s labels warn that their product should be handled with care, in well-ventilated areas, and with groves.
Ms Watts said at the time that she was livid at Jackson for attacking an innocent child, and was upset she couldn’t do more to protect her daughter.
‘I could only just cry, because you don’t want that to happen to your child,’ she said in the tearful interview.
The mother said when she first saw her daughter’s face after the attack, she was shocked.
‘I wasn’t used to seeing her like that,’ she told WJLA last July. ‘My daughter’s beautiful regardless of how she looks and I always teach her that.’
During the trial, Jackson’s defence attorney said that his client harboured no ill-will toward Ms Watts and denied her role in the attack.
Anderson took a guilty plea in exchange for testifying against Jackson, and was sentenced to eight years in prison for her role in the attack.
The Maryland Gazette reported that Jackson read a prepared statement ahead of her sentencing.
She said: ‘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.’
Oxon Hill, Maryland, is around 10 miles southeast of D.C., and has a population of around 18,000.