A jury has decided that a former Hawaii soldier convicted of killing his 5-year-old daughter will be sentenced to life in prison instead of receiving the death penalty.
The announcement was made Friday morning. The verdict was reached on Thursday but wasn't read until Friday because jurors say they were "emotionally drained."
Naeem Williams will be sentenced to life in prison because the jury could not reach a unanimous decision. This death penalty trial is the first in the history of Hawaii's statehood.
U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright accepted the verdict Thursday, sealed it and excused the jury for the day. Judge Seabright will give Williams life in prison wihtout the possibility of release.
Seabright set an Oct. 14 hearing to formally sentence Williams. Williams showed no reaction when the jury's decision was read.
Talia's mother, Tarshia Williams, told The Associated Press by phone she was glad her daughter got justice.
Talia's stepmother, Delilah Williams, testified against her husband as part of a deal with prosecutors for a 20-year sentence.
In April, the same jury found Williams guilty of capital murder in his daughter Talia's 2005 beating death. He says he beat the child often to discipline her for bathroom accidents.
Hawaii's territorial government abolished capital punishment in 1957. But Williams was tried in the federal justice system, which allows the death penalty.
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