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Woman sentenced to 40 years for murder of Bourbon Steet exotic dancer

June 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Woman sentenced to 40 years for murder of Bourbon Steet exotic dancer

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A judge sentenced a woman on Monday to 40 years in prison for her role in the 2012 murder of a New Orleans exotic dancer whose dismembered remains were discovered washed ashore along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Margaret Sanchez pled guilty to manslaughter, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of Jaren Lockhart exactly one year after her ex-boyfriend, Terry Speaks, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the June 6th, 2012 homicide.

According to a press release by Jefferson Parish District Attorney, Paul Connick, Jr., the judge handed the 32-year-old Sanchez forty years in prison,

Connick Jr. said a released statement: “After consulting with Ms. Lockhart’s family, it was decided that the negotiated plea agreement was in the best interests of all parties involved, out of respect for Ms. Lockhart and her family, I will not comment further on the case or the evidence.”

The 22-year-old mother of three was last seen leaving her job on Bourbon Street in the early morning hours with Terry Speaks and Sanchez.

The pair took Lockhart back to a home in Kenner where they killed and dismembered her body before driving to Mississippi where they discarded her remains.

The following day, her torso washed ashore in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Over the next few days, additional body parts started to drift onto beaches, the Associated Press reported.

In an impact statement, Donna Kulick, guardian of Lockhart’s daughter, explained that the “girl still anguishes over the loss of her mother” and that the family is now “forever broken.”

“Words cannot express the pain her family and friends have endured since the murder,” Kulick said. “This will have a huge impact on her for the rest of her life.”

Lockhart’s family members, along with Kenner, and Mississippi police officials who had taken part in the investigation were present in the courtroom as Sanchez entered her guilty plea.

Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Grefer, who has presided over both criminal cases, handed Sanchez the maximum for each of the charges, including 40 years each for manslaughter and obstruction of justice, and 20 years for conspiracy to obstruct justice, all to run concurrently.

Grefer handed 43-year-old Speaks  two consecutive life sentences after his June 2015 conviction on second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, WGNO reported.

The Kenner Police Department arrested Sanchez in connection with Lockhart’s death back in May 2014, and she’s remained in custody ever since.

Sanchez guilty plea to lesser charges has her avoid trial, which was slated to begin on July 11th.

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