Following a plea agreement, a teenage girl who, with a younger boy, engaged Florida deputies in a gunfight from a home they had stolen in 2021 was given a 20-year jail term on Friday. Nicole Jackson-Maldonado, 15, pleaded not guilty during a hearing to charges including criminal mischief, burglary of a house while armed, and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, according to the prosecution.
Although a no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, it is treated as such for sentence purposes. She faces 40 years of probation in addition to 20 years in prison, according to a news release from the Daytona Beach office of the state attorney. In June 2021, Jackson-Maldonado and a 12-year-old kid escaped the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Deltona.
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They broke into a home where they discovered weapons and ammo. They started shooting at the sheriff’s deputies looking for them in Volusia County. After she approached them while brandishing a shotgun, deputies shot and injured Jackson-Maldonado, ending the standoff, according to the authorities.
The boy’s case remained in juvenile court, while Jackson was Maldonado’s transferred to adult court. He entered a plea agreement last year and might be allowed to leave a juvenile facility in a few years. In contrast to Jackson-Maldonado, the child, according to the prosecution, surrendered to officers without firing.