HOUSTON, TX – The verdict was what many of you expected; Jessica Tata found guilty on one count of felony murder.
The 24-year-old sat still and showed no emotion. We can only imagine the emotions the victim’s families felt once the guilty verdict was read for 16-month-old Elias Castillo.
The sentencing phase is the next for the jury who can slap Tata with anything from five years to life in prison. The jury didn’t seem to buy the claim made by Tata’s lawyers, that a faulty refrigerator, not a stove caused the deadly fire that killed four babies last year.
The punishment phase could last a few days to a few weeks.