6-year prison sentence upheld for Linda woman
A state court has upheld the six-year prison sentence of a Linda woman whose two children witnessed her stab her boyfriend to death.
Jody Nicole Bryant, 35, appealed her sentencing to the Sacramento-based 3rd District Court of Appeal. She was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the Aug. 15, 2011, death of Jarrett Reynolds, 38, at the East Linda Garden Apartments.
The court in its ruling filed Monday affirmed the Yuba County Superior Court decision.
Yuba County Judge Julia Scrogin had said Reynolds was unarmed and the defendant was the aggressor in the fight that led to the killing.
"The senseless killing of an unarmed man, unprovoked by anything he did that day, warrants the maximum sentence that I can impose," Scrogin said at the sentencing, the appeals court noted.
Psychologist Philip Trompetter, in an evaluation for the defense of Bryant, wrote that the death was not a typical battered woman killing in which Bryant was alleged to have killed Jarrett in a nonconfrontational circumstance. Instead, an active dispute was under way at the time of the killing, Trompetter said.
"She learned to show fearfulness in the belief that her romantic partners wanted her to be fearful," the psychologist stated. He called her "the perfect victim" — unable to navigate complex relationships.
Bryant had no criminal record before the killing. Her attorney had sought probation or a three-year prison sentence.
Bryant and Reynolds fought over a suggestive photograph of her that Bryant's ex-boyfriend had sent Reynolds the same day, according to court records.
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