A Glendale teenager accused of killing her older lover during rough sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Oct. 20.
Jessica Burlew, 18, pleaded guilty to killing Jason Ash Jan. 18, 2014, after he was found dead in Burlew’s bed with an electrical cord wrapped around his neck. He also had cuts on his arms and face, believed to be caused by a razor. She had accepted the state’s plea deal last month.
“I know there’s been a great deal of debate about this case, but today is not the day for debate,” Judge Scott McCoy said before reading the sentencing verdict Oct. 20. “Despite the very unusual circumstances of this case, there are considerable amount of mitigating factors, so much so that it justifies reducing the sentence down to 10 years.”
Burlew could have received up to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder charge.
Police were called to the home in January 2014 after a 911 call where Ash was found, but Burlew, who was 16 at the time, was not present when officers arrived.
Burlew’s mother, Tracey Woodside, said Burlew had called her after leaving the scene and told her that Ash was dead in her bed.
She was found in a nearby apartment, where she admitted to the killing and that it was an accident.
Burlew told police that the two had normally participated in choking during sexual intercourse and that Ash had not motioned to stop the choking during the fatal encounter.
She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with 644 days credit for the time she has already served in jail.