Woman sentenced to 45 years in murder and conspiracy case
BEAUFORT, SC (Aug. 24, 2016) – A Beaufort County woman was sentenced to 45 years in prison today in connection to the death of the father of one of her children.
A jury found Jasmine N. Femia, 23, guilty of murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of Nicholas Degros. Degros was shot multiple times outside his Beaufort home on Jan. 9, 2015.
Femia orchestrated Degros’s death by manipulating her co-defendant, Anthony Ellison, to shoot and kill Degros, according to Career Criminal Prosecutor Hunter P. Swanson. Femia purchased the murder weapon and rented the vehicle used in Degros’s murder. She made sure that Ellison knew how to get to Degros’s house on Washington Street and even made sure they went to Wal-Mart following the shooting as an alibi.
“She did everything but pull the trigger,” Swanson told the jury during the two-day trial. “Anthony Ellison was her weapon.”
Ellison has already pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the Beaufort County Courthouse. He faces a sentence between 30 to 40 years in prison.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles handed down Femia’s sentence.