What was Jessica thinking when she left oil burning on the stove?


The verdict

Jessica was found guilty. (Photo: PA Photos)

Jessica Tata was found guilty of felony murder for the death of Elias Castillo.

It seemed she made a habit of leaving the children in their cots while she went shopping.

Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison, eligible for parole in 30 years, and fined around £6,000.

In January 2013, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against Tata.

‘[Jurors] heard about all of the kids, all seven were mentioned from beginning to end,’ said Assistant Harris County District Attorney Steve Baldassano. ‘I think the 80-year sentence reflected that.’

He said there was no way to stack additional sentences on top of the 80-year punishment, so any more trials would be redundant.

‘There’s really no reason to drag the families through all of that again,’ he said.


By Rachel Tompkins

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. The verdict
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