Wednesday, March 19, 2008

30-year sentence in teen's killing

March 19, 2008


A female gang member who pleaded no contest to the 2007 choking death of another teen in southeast Orange County, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison.

Maya Derkovic, 19, of Deltona was sentenced by Orange Circuit Judge Tim Shea on Feb. 26. In a plea deal, she pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against two fellow gang members charged in the case.

Jackie "Angel" Curtis' decomposed body was found near a South Goldenrod Road pond Jan. 18, 2007, where sheriff's detectives say Jackie, 15, was lured nine days earlier. Derkovic was jailed Jan. 28, 2007, with her boyfriend on unrelated carjacking charges and told authorities about Jackie's killing. She received 26 months in the carjacking.

Jim Leusner, Claudia Zequeira, Daphne Sashin, Jay Hamburg and Rachael Jackson of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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