San Diego Superior Court.
San Diego Superior Court. Photo by Chris Stone

A judge sentenced a one-time sailor Thursday to six years in prison as a result of his guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a mother of four at a Midway motel.

Marquise Tyree Wisher, 28, entered the plea earlier this year for causing the 2020 death of Rosa Jaco, 32.

Wisher, previously charged with murder in the case, also pleaded guilty to domestic violence and false imprisonment for a separate case involving his wife. The incident took place less than two months before Jaco died.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on May 4, 2020, paramedics responding to a call for medical aid at a motel in the 3800 block of Greenwood Street found Jaco unconscious and unresponsive.

At the arraignment for Wisher, who once served in the Navy, Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Matzger said Jaco was strangled. She added that Wisher’s DNA was found underneath the victim’s fingernails.

At sentencing, the victim’s mother, Yolanda Jaco, expressed anger and disbelief over what she called a light punishment. A family member, she said, received more time for drug offenses than Wisher did for killing someone.

She and other family members shared their feelings of loss with the court, as well as their struggles caring for Jaco’s children.

In a statement to the court, Wisher said, “I never intended to cause the victim any harm, but I know I have to take responsibility for my actions. I don’t blame anyone but myself. I pray that one day, I’ll be forgiven for my crime.”

– City News Service