AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas jury deliberates for a second day punishment of a woman convicted of arson in the bathtub burning death of her husband.
The Travis County jury deliberated five hours Monday evening before recessing in the punishment trial of Shriya Patel. Deliberations continue Tuesday. She faces a sentence of five years to life in prison for the April 2012 incident that killed 29-year-old Bimal Patel.
Jurors deliberated two days before acquitting the 27-year-old woman of capital murder Monday but finding her guilty of first-degree arson. A capital murder conviction would have meant life imprisonment without parole.
Prosecutors say she lured her husband to the tub, poured gasoline on him and set him on fire. Her attorney says the man wanted to kill himself and made her help.
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