DALLAS - A Dallas woman found guilty of injury to a child in the death of her 10-year-old stepson was sentenced to 85 years in prison on Tuesday.
During her trial, Tina Marie Alberson admitted to denying her 10-year-old stepson water and forcing him to stand in one place during timeouts as a form of punishment. After a weekend of punishment in July of 2011, Jonathan James died from dehydration.
On Friday, jurors found Alberson guilty of reckless injury to a child.
I will be able to forgive her in time, said Krista Bishop, Jonathan's mother. I'm relieved, really, really relieved.
Alberson showed little emotion as the verdict was read.
I don't pretend to know what's in her head, said prosecutor Marcie Curry. I know it was probably something she saw coming.
Alberson will be eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of her 85-year sentence.