Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook:
Warmer-than-normal afternoons are the rule Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 80s to near 90! Rain holding off until the middle of next week.
HOUSTON (November 20, 2012)— Jurors in Houston decided on an 80-year prison sentence Tuesday in the punishment phase of the trial of Jessica Tata, 24, who was convicted of murder in a deadly fire in her home daycare center.
Jurors deliberated for 5½ hours Monday and agreed on a sentence after resuming deliberations Tuesday morning.
Tata faced as much as life in prison after she was convicted last week of murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo, whom she left at home with six other children while she went shopping.
A pan of oil on a stovetop burner fueled the blaze that broke out while she was gone.
A prosecutor told jurors Monday that Tata doomed the children when she left them alone to go shopping before a deadly fire broke out.
Prosecutor Connie Spence asked for a life sentence, saying the families of the children who died or were injured will never be the same.
Defense attorney Mike DeGeurin says Tata is a good person who made a terrible mistake and asked jurors to not be swayed by anger.