AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas jury has begun deliberating punishment for a woman convicted of first-degree 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. 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 a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.