Jewel White


An Ashley County woman who initially told police that burglars broke into her home in September 2012 and killed her wheelchair-bound mother, was sentenced Tuesday to 54 years in prison.

Jewel “Julie” White, 34, of Portland, admitted she beat her mother with a metal tool belonging to a relative then ransacked their home to make it look as if it had been burglarized. After ransacking the home, she called police and reported that strangers had broken in and killed her mother.

White’s mother, 59-year-old Teresa Paulette Francis, of Portland, died of blunt force trauma to her head.

White pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, unauthorized use of property to facilitate the offense, and filing false report. Circuit Judge Don Glover sentenced her to consecutive prison terms of 30 years, 20 years and 4 years, respectively, for a total sentence of 54 years.

The minimum parole eligibility for the sentence is 25 years. Ironically, White will be 59-years-old — her mother’s age at the time of her death — when she is eligible for parole.