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UPDATE: Tasha Bates sentenced to two consecutive life sentences

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UPDATE: Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter Jonquil Newland (@JonquilNewland3) is tweeting live from the Tasha Bates trial.  Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBTV.com for the most up to date information on the Tasha Bates Trial.

Judge sentences Tasha Bates to serve 2 life sentences to run consecutively, concurrent with 40 yrs for child neglect. #BatesHearing

Waiting for court to begin after lunch break. #BatesHearing

Tasha Bates has been in and out of courtroom with attorney all morning. Talk of agreement reached is spreading. #BatesHearing

Still waiting for Tasha Bates to appear before judge. Getting word it may be awhile. #BatesHearing #Sentencing

Slight pause in court after man collapses in front of judge. EMS here.

Tasha Bates in Bradley County Court for sentencing hearing. #BatesHearing


PREVIOUS STORY: In late August Bradley County mom Tasha Bates was convicted of first degree murder and aggravated child neglect in connection to the deaths of her children, River, 3, and Leland, 5.

On Monday she will appear before the judge to be sentenced.

The 12 member jury only took a couple of hours to deliberate before it found Bates guilty after a three day long trial.    

For prosecutors justice was served. "I think they rendered the correct verdict. The evidence was there," Assistant District Attorney Stephen Hatchett told Channel 3 after the trial.

The boys died of hyperthermia in late June, 2012 when the heat index reached well over 100 degrees. During the trial experts testified River's core body temperature was 109 degrees when he died.

The heat or how the boys died was never a question but Bates' alleged drug use and parenting skills were in the forefront.

Prosecutors spent  three days portraying Bates as a neglectful mother, and a drug user living in a filthy home.

After hearing from Bates herself, a jury sided with the prosecution, finding her responsible for the death of her boys.

Bates could face a life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her attorney, Richard Hughes says they plan to appeal all of the charges. 

 

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