They convicted her of mutilating her own baby boy. Now a Harris County jury decided Katherine Nadal should serve 99 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
Nadal was convicted last week of 1st degree felony of a child after they determined she severed the genitals of her 5-week-old son, Holden Gothia, in March 2007. Gothia survived the attack.
Jurors deliberated for about two hours on Monday before sentencing 28-year-old Katherine Nadal. They chose among possible sentences ranging from probation to life in prison.
Prosecutors asked for life in prison. Nadal’s attorneys did not request any specific sentence but had asked the jury to not punish her out of hate or revenge.
After jurors announced the punishment sentence, Patches Deshavo, the aunt who currently has custody of the boy, read statements from the boy’s relatives.
The first was from Camden, the father of the child, who in his statement to Nadal wrote, “I will teach him forgiveness and humanity. Holden is the only one of forgiveness. And I feel he will forgive you. I, on the other hand, don’t think there’s any punishment that fits your crime.”
The second statement was from Deshavo. She told Nadal, “I am thankful (that) by the time you’re eligible for parole, you will be beyond child bearing years.”
That statement sparked an outburst from Nadal, who yelled, “I failed him. I didn’t hurt him.”
“You abused him in the womb,” Camden screamed from the courtroom seats.
Deshavo also read was from her mother, father and Camden’s aunt.
During testimony presented Monday in the punishment phase, Nadal cried as Deshavo told jurors Monday how Gothia is struggling to adapt to everyday living.
The child, now 2 years old, has trouble walking, is not yet potty trained and faces a lifetime of medical procedures, including surgeries and hormone therapy.
In addition to the child’s hardship, the jury also learned about Nadal’s past run-ins with police and her history of drug abuse.
The same jury that will decide her punishment convicted Nadal of injury to a child last week.
Nadal’s defense was that her miniature Daschund injured her baby while she slept in a separate room.
Mayor has announced that the 2009-10 Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is now taking applications. Interested applicants are invited to apply on-line atwww.houstontx.gov/houstonyouth.
“Young people are our future and programs like the Youth Council give them an opportunity to develop leadership and citizenship skills while learning about city government,” said Mayor White.
Youth Council members will gain an understanding of city departments and a rapport with community leaders, citizens and elected officials. Members are called upon to help make decisions affecting Houston ‘s youth, as well as, participate in numerous activities throughout the year. In addition, they will plan town hall meetings covering topics of interest and concern to them and their peers; participate in both sponsored by the City of Houston and by other community organizations, and gather important input from other students through the annual Houston Youth Survey, the results of which are presented to City Council.
“The Mayor’s Youth Council emulates the with a chairperson (mayor), city secretary, nine district and five at-large council positions and their accompanying aides,” stated Cameron M. Waldner, Interim Director of Volunteer Initiatives Program (VIP), who is responsible for the MYC.
Guidelines and job descriptions for the 2009-10 terms are now available on-line. Applicants must be , who reside or attend schools in the City of Houston , generally between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18). They should demonstrate strong interests in gaining knowledge about city government and promoting discussion on youth-related issues, show excellent abilities in organizing information, and work well with young people from a variety of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
“We are interested in individuals who may not be at the top of the class but who have an interest in government and will regard this appointment as one of their most important commitments. These students should be able to commit time and effort to the MYC. In return, students have the opportunity to discover a new passion or let a new passion discover them and develop personally as a result,” states Mr. Waldner.
Applications are now being accepted and are due by midnight on Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A panel of youth and adult advisors will review the applications and invite qualified candidates for a personal interview. Decisions will be announced in mid-September.
She blinked four years ago, but this time U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is jumping into the race for Texas governor, even if it means she’ll have to knock out a fellow Republican heavyweight to win.
Hutchison returns to her native Gulf Coast for the official announcement Monday morning, the beginning of a five-day tour that starts at her old high school and will take her to virtually every corner of the vast Lone Star State.
Only two Texans — Sam Houston and Price Daniel — have made the rare leap from U.S. senator to governor, but Hutchison has been itching to come home for years. She flirted with it in 2005 but ultimately decided to stay in Washington — avoiding a primary fight that GOP honchos feared would leave the party badly divided.
If that prospect chilled her before, the feeling is gone. Hutchison is planning to give up her Senate seat this fall so she can focus on the governor’s race full-time. She’ll first have to pry the GOP nomination away from Gov. Rick Perry, who is taking the cold-dead-hands approach to the office he has held since 2000.
Forecasters say Tropical Storm Claudette has formed off the northern Gulf Coast of Florida and is expected to bring heavy rain to the area.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was mexpected to make landfall Sunday evening. Forecasters say the mstorm’s winds have increased to 40 mph, just above the threshold to become a named storm.
Residents were urged to prepare for the storm that popped up early Sunday with batteries, flashlights and water.
Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches was expected, with some isolated areas to get up to 10 inches.
The Hurricane Center says more details about Claudette will be released at 2 p.m. EDT.
Lurking more ominously in the Atlantic were tropical storms Ana and Bill, which was quickly turning into a powerful storm over warm waters in the open Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center was planning to send a hurricane plane to investigate Ana as well as the depression near Florida.
At Pensacola Beach, surfers under gray skies enjoyed the waves and tourists mingled on the beach, despite the newly formed depression.
A tropical storm warning was issued for areas east of the Alabama state line to the Suwanee River in northwest Florida. Rainfall of 3 to 5 inches was expected, with isolated areas of Florida to get up to 10 inches, forecasters said.
National Weather Service meteorologist Kelly Godsey said forecasters were watching rainfall amounts and flood watches could be issued.
“If it occurs very quickly, we could see some minor flooding problems particularly in flood-prone locations,” Godsey said from the service’s office in Tallahassee, Fla. “But if it occurs over several hours as a steady rain, we will probably be all right.”
Godsey said the system was expected to dissipate by Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ana was expected to make landfall at the Leeward Islands early Monday. Watches were posted for the small islands in the area as Ana was forecast to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain. Little change in strength was expected of Ana over the next couple of days.
Tropical Storm Bill, however, was intensifying in the open Atlantic, and was “displaying a beautiful curved band pattern on satellite imagery,” according to forecasters. Bill could become a hurricane Monday.
In the Pacific, Hurricane Guillermo was a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph, but the storm should lose steam in the next day or two. Guillermo was moving west at 15 mph, about 1,150 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii.
Forecaster revised their Atlantic hurricane season predictions after the first two months of the season passed without any named storms developing.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a warmer weather pattern called an El Nino over the Pacific Ocean was acting as a damper to tropical storms in the Caribbean and neighboring Atlantic.