Sacramento Couple Receive Life Sentences for Torture and Murder

Sacramento Couple Receive Life Sentences for Torture and Murder

Composite mugshot of Jeremy McMahon and Michelle Okumura

SACRAMENTO—A Sacramento man and woman each received life sentences on Friday, April 7, 2017 for the torture and killing of a local man in October 2013.

Jeremy McMahon was sentenced to life without parole, and his girlfriend Michelle Okumura received a sentence of 38 years to life on first-degree murder, torture, and false imprisonment from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marianne Gilliard.

The victim, Eric Jackson, 22, was tortured for two days when he visited Okumura for a massage on October 6, 2013. McMahon and Okumura plotted revenge against the victim after she told McMahon that Jackson had made a sexual advance toward her.

Over the next two days, the couple kept Jackson captive at an apartment on 17th and O Street by tying him up to Okumura’s massage table with bungee and electrical cords and then burning him with a searing knife that they heated on their stove.

Jackson was able to break free at one point and tried to escape before McMahon fatally shot him with a .45 caliber handgun. When police arrived on the scene, the couple said the shot had been fired in self-defense.

Jurors convicted the McMahon and Okumura this past February.

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