Jury deliberating sentence in day care fire trial

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Home day care operator Jessica Tata stands before her verdict at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Houston. Tata was convicted of murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo, one of four children who died in a fire at her home day care after she left them alone with hot oil on the stove while she shopped at Target. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors in Houston are now deliberating the sentence of a Texas woman convicted of murder after a fire at her home day care killed four children.

The jury got the case after closing arguments Monday in the punishment phase of the trial of Jessica Tata.

Those jurors could sentence Tata to five years to life in prison. Tata was convicted last week of felony murder in the death of 16-month-old Elias Castillo.

Prosecutors asked jurors for a life sentence, while defense attorneys asked for a sentence that isn't excessive.

Defense attorneys have tried to counter prosecutors' claims that Tata was an irresponsible day care owner who left the children she was caring for alone on multiple occasions and who ran an unclean facility.