District Judge Terrell conducts final sentencing hearing

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Convicted murderer Marie Gallegos was in court again Tuesday, in a final sentencing hearing before District Judge Richard Terrell.

Gallegos was found guilty Friday of the October 2005 murder of James Brown and was sentenced to 74 years in prison.

On Tuesday, Gallegos stood before Judge Terrell in a final sentencing hearing.

In that hearing, Judge Terrell ordered Gallegos to be delivered to the custody of the Texas Department of Corrections, Institutional Division, according to court records.

Terrell also signed the final judgement on Gallegos' verdict and sentencing and gave her credit for time served.

Gallegos has been in custody since her Oct. 25, 2005 arrest.

After a week-long trial, a Jim Wells County jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes Friday before returning a guilty verdict in the case.

Gallegos was charged with the Oct. 24, 2005 murder of Brown, a 73-year old Alice man.

In returning its sentence, the jury could have considered a reduced sentence between two and 20 years under a special provision that gives consideration of crimes of "sudden passion."

However, the jury found that the murder did not meet the requirements of that provision, and instead considered a standard range of punishment between 5 and 99 years to life.

Gallegos' sentence also included a $10,000 fine.