A mentally ill Southwest Philadelphia woman was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole in a bizarre 2007 incident in which she shot and killed her mother and then set the house ablaze, critically burning her mother's friend.
Jahina Damon, 36, was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Steven R. Geroff, who found her guilty of first-degree murder but mentally ill following a Feb. 18 nonjury trial.
Damon said nothing before she was sentenced. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said she will serve her term in a state-designated facility for the mentally ill.
Damon, who had a long history of mental illness and confrontations with her mother, was arrested Dec. 20, 2007, in Hagerstown, Md. Twelve hours earlier, police said, she showed up before dawn at the home of her mother, Lolita Lee, on Cobbs Creek Parkway near 60th Street.