Tasha Bates Gets Two Consecutive Life Sentences

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 11/25/2013 6:32 pm
CLEVELAND, TN, (WDEF)- "I do sentence her to consecutive life sentences all other offences to run concurrently or at the same time"

Judge Amy Reedy dismissed the plea of one life sentence as she said two children had died.

"A horrible goings on and the jury found that she was a facilitator so around horrible activity"

Public defender Richard Hughes tried to focus the judge's attention on the fact that 27 year old Bates would be in her 70's if not dead before she could be released.

An agreement was made between the Da's office and Bate's lawyers on the other charges she faced relating to methamphetamine.

"Ms Bates and I agreed with the District Attorney as to specific sentence on these other felonies but the agreement is that those sentences are concurrent with the life sentences that are imposed"
In total Hughes says Bates is looking at 51 years for the murder of each child and just over 40 years for other drug related charges.

Tasha sat expressionless throughout the sentencing.
 She did leave the room on two occasions with her lawyers before lunch.

Assistant DA Stephen Hatchett remained standing for most of the sentencing having worked on the case since the June 2012 deaths of Bates's sons Leland, 5, and River, 3 from overheating.

Bates will return to the women's prison near Nashville where she was being held for the past three months and will not receive any special treatment.
Bates' family was hoping for a more lenient sentence.
 Her lawyers say they will be appealing on February 28th of next year and  want the consecutive life sentences to instead run concurrently.
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Here2Opine - 11/26/2013 8:27 AM
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