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Posted at 1:41 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Banita Jacks sentenced to 120 years

By Washington Post editors

The Post's Paul Duggan reports that Banita Jacks, convicted of murder and other charges in the deaths of her four daughters in a SE Washington rowhouse, was sentenced to 120 years in prison Friday by a judge who said the case "will probably haunt me fior the rest of my life."

Jacks, 35, whose case highlighted questions about the inadequacy of the District's child welfare system, was arrested in January 2008 after the decomposed remains of the girs, ages 5 to 16, were found in the rowhouse where Jacks had been living like a hermit, with no electricity and litte food.

Patholigists later concluded that the youngsters, discovered in two upstairs bedrooms, had been dead for at least seven months.

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By Washington Post editors  | December 18, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
Tags:  child murder  
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