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Texas Day Care Owner Sentenced to 80 Years

24-Year-old Jessica Tata was in court with her lawyer today as the judge revealed that the jury had reached a unanimous verdict.

A Texas woman convicted of murder after a fire broke out at her home day care in 2011, killing four children, was sentenced today to 80 years behind bars and a ten-thousand dollar fine. 

24-Year-old Jessica Tata was in court with her lawyer today as the judge revealed that the jury had reached a unanimous verdict. This verdict came after the jury deliberated for five and a half hours yesterday following closing arguments. 

Tata left seven kids alone at her day care center while she went shopping. While she was gone, a fire started in her home from a pot of cooking oil left simmering on the stove. Prosecutors argued that Tata was an irresponsible day care owner who knew the stove was turned on when she left the children alone at the home. 

Defense attorneys argued that Tata was a good person who happened to make a terrible mistake. She has only been convicted of murder in one of the four deaths so far. 

Prosecutors say they plan to pursue trials for the remaining felony murder charges.
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