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Man gets life for strangling mentally challenged woman

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A man convicted of strangling a mentally challenged woman inside her Fort Worth apartment will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

According to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, James Wesley Brooks Jackson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the capital murder of 52-year-old JoBeth Marchand.

She was found dead in December 2011. Friends found her apartment in disarray and discovered her body wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a closet.

Jackson's fingerprints were linked to the crime scene and his DNA was found on a blood-stained couch cushion and the blankets that were used to wrap Marchand's body, the DA's office said.

He initially denied being inside the victim's apartment, but later admitted to police he had been there. He claimed he was visiting and friend and found her door slightly ajar so he went inside to watch TV and steal things. He said he left when he found her body in the closet.

On another occasion he told police Marchand caught him burglarizing her apartment, but that they kissed and had sex. Then he claimed when he tried to leave she blocked his way and that the cord of a phone charger she was holding somehow became wrapped around her neck. He said she fell and he used the cord to drag her into the closet.

Jurors deliberated for only an hour before convicting the 43-year-old.

He received an automatic life sentence with no parole because prosecutors waived the death penalty.

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