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Tina Alberson. (credit: Dallas County Jail)

Tina Alberson. (credit: Dallas County Jail)

DALLAS (AP) - Jurors on Tuesday will resume deliberating the punishment for a Dallas woman convicted in the dehydration death of her 10-year stepson.

Tina Marie Alberson faces up to life in prison because of a previous felony conviction.

She was convicted Friday of injury to a child, a second-degree felony, in the July 2011 death of Jonathan James. The boy was denied water for days during record-high temperatures in North Texas.

During the sentencing phase Friday, the twins’ grandmother Sue Shotwell testified that Jonathan couldn’t understand why he was always in trouble with his stepmother.

Prosecutors say Alberson should spend the rest of her life behind bars. Defense attorneys are seeking the minimum five-year sentence.

Jurors deliberated on her sentence about an hour Friday before deciding to resume after the holiday weekend.

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