Woman convicted of murder in husband's 2012 death sentenced to 27 years

HOUSTON - A Harris County jury Thursday sentenced a woman convicted of murder in the death of her husband nearly five years ago to 27 years in prison.

The jury was handed the case of Sandra Melgar late Tuesday after a day of testimony followed by closing arguments. The verdict was handed down a guilty verdict about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"Sandra Melgar hacked the life out of her husband, Jaime, and for that she will spend the balance of her life on a cell block," Assistant District Attorney Colleen Barnett said. "She showed no remorse. The sentence is just."

The prosecution painted a graphic picture of their case, accusing Melgar of stabbing her husband, Jaime, 31 times.

Defense attorneys argued that there is not enough evidence to convict their client of murder.

Investigators said that relatives found the Melgars on Dec. 23, 2012, tied up in closets. Jaime Melgar had been stabbed, investigators said.

Sandra Melgar told investigators that she had blacked out and woke up in the closet, not knowing how she and her husband ended up there, according to police.

In addition to the 27-year sentence, Melgar was fined $10,000.

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