|Tina Marie Alberson|
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted after her son died because he was denied water, according to court proceedings in Texas.
Now, The Dallas woman whose 10-year-old stepson died after being denied water even when temperatures soared over 100 degrees, was sentenced to 85 years in prison.
Tina Marie Alberson did not react as her sentence was announced. She was convicted last week, of reckless injury to a child, a felony of the second degree, in the death of Jonathan James.
Jonathan's mother, Krista Bishop, and other family members said that they were satisfied with the verdict.
"We got what we needed," Bishop said outside the court. Police had thought at first, that Jonathan's death was related to the heat until the coroner's report indicated otherwise.
Alberson, who testified in her own defense, told the jury that she limited Jonathan’s water intake sometimes as punishment for bad behavior and that she saw him drink water when not in a time out. She said that she saw no sign that he was in medical distress.
The twin brother of the boy, now 12 years old, said that Jonathan repeatedly asked for water and pretended to go to the bathroom so he could sneak a drink of water before her stepmother ordered him out. Joseph James told the jury that he was concerned about the health of his brother, but was too afraid to do anything.