TAMPA - A Hillsborough County judge has sentenced Kenneth Jackson to death for the murder of a Seffner mother of three in 2007. Cu Thu Tran, 50, went for a morning jog in September and never returned. Her body was found in a burned out vehicle in Gibsonton, 13 miles from where she lived. A jury convicted Jackson of killing 50-year-old Cu Thu Tran last October. During the trial prosecutors presentenced DNA evidence linking Jackson to the crime. The jury recommended Jackson should receive the death penalty for murder and on Wednesday Circuit Judge William Fuente agreed with the decision.
Jackson also received a life sentence for sexual battery.
He had no reaction and none of his family members were present during setencing.