Woman gets life sentence in daughter's death


(Information in the following story is from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas woman accused of fatally beating her 3-year-old daughter in November 2007 has been sentenced to life without parole plus 35 years in prison.

A jury found 30-year-old Yara Belen Perez guilty of capital murder and failure to protect her child in the death of Jacqueline Gonzalez. The El Paso Times reports defense attorney Joe Spencer says no decision has been made on appealing.

Perez's trial ended in a mistrial last summer when a juror heard two courthouse security officers discussing the case. The juror also told other jurors about the bailiffs' conversation.

The child's body was found in a car trunk outside an apartment Perez shared with her boyfriend. The boyfriend was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 for the killing.

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