A Daly City woman who killed her ex-husband by throwing a pot of boiling water on him while he slept was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison today, according to prosecutors. Jesusa Ursula Tatad, 41, was sentenced today after pleading no contest on April 3 to a charge of second-degree murder with an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon, according Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.
Tatad was divorced from Ronie Tatad at the time of the Nov. 26, 2011, attack, but the two still shared an apartment together, according to prosecutors. Jesusa Tatad, who prosecutors say believed her ex-husband was cheating on her, allegedly waited for him to fall asleep and then poured a pot of boiling water over him, causing second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body.
When the victim jumped out of bed and ran into the bathroom, she reportedly hit him on the head with a baseball bat, according to the district attorney’s office. The victim was able to run out of their apartment complex and flag down a security guard, who called 911. He was taken to an intensive care unit at San Francisco General Hospital, where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries on Dec. 9. Jesusa Tatad had been set to stand trial on charges of murder, assault, domestic violence, aggravated mayhem and torture before she changed her plea. She remained in custody without bail during the trial.
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