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Man Sentenced in Killing of Tito Jackson's Ex-Wife

November 24, 1998

LOS ANGELES — A businessman convicted of second-degree murder in the drowning of the ex-wife of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison.

Donald Bohana, 61, said at the trial that Delores "DeeDee" Jackson died in a swimming pool accident, but prosecutors said she had been beaten and choked.

Bohana and Jackson, 39, had been dating about three months when she drowned in August 1994 at his home.

"She was just a well-caring mother, and these kids were actually robbed of something that nothing can bring back," said Tito Jackson, referring to their three sons.

Bohana said Jackson, who did not know how to swim, fell into the pool and was injured when he tried to pull her out with a pool cleaning net. When police arrived, Jackson was found propped against a tree.

The death was initially ruled an accident.

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