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Woman sentenced to 25 years to life in mother's murder

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman who killed her 79-year-old mother in their Serra Mesa home, then dumped her body in a remote part of San Diego County, was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in state prison.

Ghazal Jessica Mansury, 43, was convicted in January of first-degree murder in the September 2013 death of Mehria Mansury.

"I just wanted to know why?" the victim's niece, Zohra Enayat, asked the defendant.

Enayat wondered why Mansury killed the woman who loved her unconditionally despite her drug use.

The victim's niece said her cousin dumped her aunt's body like "trash" under a tree off Wildcat Canyon Road, where it wasn't discovered for 10 days after the victim was last seen.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood called the defendant's behavior "shameful" and said Mansury might have gotten away with the murder if a friend she confided in hadn't passed the information on to the friend's ex-husband, who called Crimestoppers.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser said Mansury has shown no remorse and continues to lie about what happened. The judge said that if the victim were to walk into the courtroom today, she would ask the court to forgive her daughter.

Fraser said Mansury exhibited almost a "split personality," akin to "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde."

"You've got a good side and a very bad side," the judge told the defendant.

Fraser said Mansury got into a fight with her mother over her continued drug use, killed her, then panicked and drove around until she found a remote spot to dump the body.

"That is a very evil thing to do," the judge said.

In his closing argument of trial, Greenwood urged the jury to reject the defendant's claim that she got home from work on Sept. 23, 2013, and found her mother dead.

The prosecutor said Mansury lied to friends and family by telling them her mother went missing and that she didn't know where the older woman was.

Greenwood said Mansury was angry at her mother for various reasons, and called the victim a "bitch" for getting rid of her dog.

Greenwood told the jury there was a "pushing match" and a "blood-letting" incident before the murder, and Mansury did not want her mother going to a doctor's appointment the next day and revealing physical abuse, so she strangled the older woman with a bicycle tire inner tube.

Mansury testified she was gambling at Viejas Casino in Alpine a few hours after she learned her mother was dead, while her boyfriend and another man dumped the body. The body -- ravaged by animals -- was discovered Oct. 2.

Defense attorney Brian Dooley argued that there was no evidence that Mansury killed her mother. After her arrest, Mansury told her pastor that her mother's death was an accident, Dooley told the jury.

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