Woman sentenced to 20 years for murder

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COLUMBIA - A judge sentenced a Columbia woman found guilty of second-degree murder to 20 years in state prison today.

In May, Jaclyn Rose, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

On Monday, Judge Kevin Crane sentenced her to two 20-year sentences for both charges. She will serve both sentences concurrently.

During the sentencing hearing, Rose’s attorney, Daniel Knight, argued for the judge to consider the changes Rose went through upon starting a relationship with the victim, Gregory Moore. Knight also said the criminal history of the victim is important to consider.

Rose’s sister, Kimberly Rose, and her mother, and Lizz Moore, testified on her behalf.

“I think, personally, Greg Moore killed my Jackie,” Lizz Moore said.

Kimberly Rose said her sister started behaving erratically after she started a relationship with Gregory Moore. Lizz Moore said she spoke with her daughter daily and noticed similar behavior changes with Rose.

“I started seeing anger,” Moore said. “Her patience level wasn’t there like it use to be.”

Lizz Moore said Gregory Moore introduced and supplied Rose with methamphetamine. She said her daughter lost almost 70 pounds due to drug abuse and violence.

“I did not even recognize her,” Lizz Moore said of her daughter. “The only way I recognized her was by her voice.”

Kimberly Rose said she was so concerned she called the police this past October to investigate Gregory Moore. He was then arrested for distribution of a controlled substance, failing to register as a sex offender and living within 1,000 feet of a school.

She said while he deserved to be taken into custody because of his crimes, Moore’s arrest made him angrier and more abusive toward Rose.

“I blame myself everyday,” Kimberly Rose said.

About a month after his arrest, Moore was found dead at the Welcome Inn in Columbia. Jaclyn Rose was arrested shortly after detectives found surveillance footage of her entering Moore’s hotel room, and leaving a short time later. The video shows Rose was the last person in the room with Moore until he was found dead.

After Rose’s sentencing hearing, her mother said she “is pleased” that her daughter will not serve a life sentence.

Kimberly Rose said she plans to start a charity inspired by her sister. She hopes to use the organization to help domestic violence victims and provide them with the necessary finances to move from their abusive partners.