Life in prison for ex-nurse in bleach deaths

FILE - In this March 30, 2012 file photo, convicted murderer Kimberly Saenz, right, is escorted from the Angelina County Courthouse in Lufkin, Texas. Jurors who convicted 38-year-old East Texas nurse began hearing evidence Monday, April 2, 2012, to decide
FILE - In this March 30, 2012 file photo, convicted murderer Kimberly Saenz, right, is escorted from the Angelina County Courthouse in Lufkin, Texas. Jurors who convicted 38-year-old East Texas nurse began hearing evidence Monday, April 2, 2012, to decide

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - Jurors who convicted an ex-Texas nurse of killing five dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach decided she should spend the rest of her life in prison with no chance for parole.

The jury made its sentencing decision Monday in the case of Kimberly Saenz. The 38-year-old was convicted Friday of killing the patients and deliberately injuring five others at a clinic run by Denver-based health care giant DaVita Inc.

Jurors also could have recommended that Saenz be put to death.

Defense lawyers called nine witnesses during the punishment phase of the trial Monday, most of them attesting to Saenz's participation in her two children's school work and athletics. A prison consultant also described what Saenz's restrictions would be as an inmate serving life without parole.

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