Couple Sentenced For Murder Of Massage Client They Held And Tortured For Days

He was bound to the massage table and burned with hot knives.

On Oct. 8, 2013 a man named Eric Jackson was murdered in an apartment in midtown Sacramento after being held captive and tortured by Jeremy McMahon and Michelle Okumura for two days. Jackson had gone to visit Okumura for a massage as one of her regular clients. According to prosecutors, Okumura had told her boyfriend McMahon that Jackson had made a sexual advance towards her, and the two plotted a meeting with revenge in mind.

The couple was accused of tying Jackson to the massage table with a “collection of bungee cords, electrical cords, torn bed sheets and strips of cloth before repeatedly burning his flesh with a knife superheated on the apartment’s kitchen stove.”

The jury was shown a brief video of Jackson struggling on the massage table in agony. Prosecutors said that it was always the intention of the couple to kill Jackson, but he survived after being shot by a .45 caliber gun while attempting an escape. McMahon was charged with firing the bullet. McMahon has a previous felony conviction of making criminal threats and was additionally charged for possessing a firearm illegally.

Prosecutors say Jackson was burned on his chest by a butterknife held over theflame of the stove. McMahon did not take responsibility for the burns, but would also not attest that Okumuru had burned Jackson. He told investigators that he "didn't think she was capable of it."

At the time of their arrest and trial, Okumura’s mother, Tracy, defended her daughter in an email to KCRA 3.

The Sacramento Bee reports that McMahon was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard, while Okumura was given 38 years to life for first-degree murder, torture and false imprisonment. 

"I know my daughter didn't do this murder," wrote Tracy, "She's blaming herself for having called him over to her place, and therefore, she feels she should be punished….My daughter's downfall has been wrong choices of men."

The Sacramento Bee reports that McMahon was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard, while Okumura was given 38 years to life for first-degree murder, torture and false imprisonment. 

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