A man who had been charged with capital murder was sentenced Tuesday to 24.5 years in prison for two counts of second-degree murder.


A man who had been charged with capital murder was sentenced Tuesday to 24.5 years in prison for two counts of second-degree murder.

Sedale L. Fox, 26, pleaded no contest last month to the intentional second-degree murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Olivia Jackson, and her unborn daughter.

Jackson was shot Jan. 22, 2008, in Lansing.

Fox was charged with capital murder and could have faced the death penalty if he’d been convicted. But the charges were amended as part of a plea agreement.

When sentencing Fox, District Judge Gunnar Sundby followed the recommendations of the plea agreement.

Jackson’s mother, Julie Collins, spoke during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. She expressed disappointment about the outcome of the case.

“Twenty-five years is not long enough,” she said. “Olivia was not even given the privilege of living 25 years.”

Jackson was 20 at the time of her death.