Weeks after she testified against her husband, Delilah Williams stepped back in federal court to learn her own fate.
She had made a plea deal with prosecutors -- 20 years in prison in return for her testimony.
U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright says that plea deal was necessary in the case against Naeem Williams.
"There are three people who know what happened. Talia is no longer here. That leaves Delilah and Naeem," said Seabright. "No one would know the details in that house of horrors without her testimony."
Judge Seabright looked directly at Delilah, at times his voice cracking when he talked about the abuse Talia suffered.
"Naeem gave the final blow. He sent her to the ground. He hit her so hard he separated her shoulder," said Seabright.
But, Seabright did not mince his words when he called Delilah "evil" saying the stepmother seemed to derive twisted pleasure from violently beating the child.
"You wanted Talia to suffer," said Seabright to Williams. "She was a nuisance. A problem that needed to go away."
"He basically said what we wanted to say to her," said Kelly Mata, a juror in the Naeem Williams case. "In my opinion, it was what we wanted to say to her. It was our voice to her."
Mata was one of the jurors who convicted Delilah's husband Naeem for killing little Talia. The jury could not agree on a sentence meaning Naeem will spend the rest of his life in prison. But, Mata isn't shy about how he feels. He thinks the former soldier should have died for killing his daughter.
As for Delilah, the juror says she got off easy.
"When he basically said, and I'm summing it up , that you're worse than a wicked stepmother, what were you thinking?" asked Ann Sterling.
"I agree 100 percent," said Mata. "She is evil. She has no remorse. No one believes she stopped beating Talia on the 29th. She did until Talia died and she deserves more than 20 years."
Delilah Williams' attorney is requesting that she serve the remainder of her time in Fort Worth, Texas where her family lives.
The U.S. Attorney's Office released the following statement:
"The jury found Naeem Williams guilty of capitol offenses and subsequently found him eligible for the death penalty. The United States accepts and respects the jurors' split verdict regarding the death penalty and credits their dedication and diligence in weighing the evidence."
"While the United States decision to seek the death penalty was warranted, the United States respects the jury's determination that life in prison was an appropriate sentence."
"At no time has the government position's been that the prosecution of either Delilah or Naeem Williams was a waste of time."