July 14, 2023, Peoria, IL – In an emotion-filled courtroom today, Robert White was sentenced to 69 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the tragic New Year’s Day shooting of Daniella Jackson and Levi Conway. Conway survived his injuries, but Jackson died on her apartment floor.
During the hearing, Daniella Jackson’s mother, Rosalyn Jackson, pleaded with White for answers. She shared her struggle to forgive White, who had been a close family friend, and the heartache she has that Daniella’s life is over. “Daniella will never have the opportunity to be a mother, and I will never be a grandmother,” said Jackson as she fought back tears throughout the hearing.
In imposing the sentence, Judge Kevin Lyons said to White, “To be murdered by your own friend is almost more than a murder. It’s about as diabolical as it gets. What a tragedy you made of this family, and what a shame to be murdered by your own friend.” He then sentenced White to 55 years for killing Jackson and 14 years for injuring Conway. Those sentences will be served one after another.