APPLETON, WI (KTRK) --The brother of a murder victim attempted to attack the woman who was sentenced for the crime in Outagamie County Court this afternoon.
A jury found Mastella Jackson guilty of first degree intentional homicide and bail jumping in November 2016.
Jackson was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for supervision after 35 years.
Jackson stabbed her husband Derrick Whitlow in a Grand Chute hotel in 2012. The case took years to come to trial after several decisions and appeals on statements Jackson made.
The jury heard about a weeks worth of testimony before beginning its deliberations.
Emotions were flying high as Mastella Jackson, who was convicted of murdering her husband Derrick Whitlow nearly 5 years ago, was sentenced to life in prison.
In court Thursday, Whitlow's brother James lunged out of his chair attempting to attack his brother's killer.
It got so intense several people had to hold him back. Everyone was told to leave the courtroom. Screaming wasn't the only emotion filling the room. Tears were also present.
The judge admonished the brother of a murder victim after he attempted to attack the woman who was sentenced for the crime Thursday. After the brother left the courtroom for a while, he was ultimately allowed back in to view the end of the sentencing.
A report has been sent to the District Attorney's office, which will determine if any charges will be filed. Officials will give consideration to what the brother was going through at the time of the physical outburst, according to a Sheriff's Department spokesperson.
"Snoop as we call him, was like a brother to me," said one family friend.
Family and friends voiced their frustration to their loved one's killer.
"She doesn't deserve to be able to be free. They didn't get a chance to fight back. Her children didn't get a chance to fight back, so she shouldn't have that chance," said Whitlow's sister-in-law.
Jackson begged the judge to go easier on her for her kids
"I don't have a strong support system as far as a family and stuff like that. There is no one there. My children are all I have," said Jackson.
She asked for one last chance.
"Will the court please have mercy on me and grant me an opportunity at parole, so I can be here with my children," said Jackson.
The judge still stood firm and sentenced her to life in prison.
WGBA reports that Mastella Jackson is eligible for parole after 35 years from the day the murder happened back in February of 2012.