In Warren County, a Vicksburg woman has been sentenced for a murder that occurred at a Motel 6 in 2022. Jennifer Linear, 33 years old, was sentenced by Judge James Chaney to 40 years, with 12 years to be served.
Representing the state was Assistant District Attorney Branan Southerland, while Daniel Edney represented Linear.
The incident took place in November 2022 when Deputy Police Chief Troy Kimble and Kathryn Trueheart responded to a stabbing at Motel 6. They arrived to find Dale Turpin deceased, with stab wounds and cuts on his body and head. Further investigation revealed that Linear and Turpin had engaged in an argument that led to the stabbing.
Initially charged with first-degree murder, Linear pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The sentencing was determined based on the recommendation of the family and Southerland.
Family members of Turpin spoke at the sentencing, expressing their sentiments towards Linear’s actions.
“One family member stated, “You deserve life because you took his. After everything, this is how you repay us by taking our brother? You’re selfish, and your kids are better off without you.”
Before her sentencing, Linear broke down in tears and addressed the court, “I’m truly sorry, and I wish I could take it back. One day, I hope you can forgive me,” Linear said.
According to state law, Linear will be required to serve the entirety of her 12-year sentence.See a typo? Report it here.