Teen mom found guilty of manslaughter

Tiffany James could face up to 20 years in prison

Published On: Jul 26 2012 06:31:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2012 01:14:18 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

A woman convicted of stabbing her boyfriend to death now awaits her punishment.

A 10-woman, 2-man jury found Tiffany James, 20, guilty of manslaughter on Thursday night after nine hours of deliberations.

When the judge read the verdict, there was silence in the courtroom.

However, after James' lawyer's request to keep her out on bond was denied, some of James' family members started crying as they watched sheriff's deputies put her in handcuffs and take her away.

James is on trial for the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Antwan Wilford, 18, that happened back in 2009.

Wilford's family did not appear to be happy with Thursday night's verdict either.

Although James was on trial for murder, the jury had the option of considering lesser offenses of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.

During the trial, James' lawyer maintained that James stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense.

Her lawyer, Robert Gebbia, told the jury, “This is a textbook example of the Texas self-defense law,” as he urged the jury to find her not guilty.

However, prosecutors say even if she didn't intend to kill him, she inflicted serious bodily injury that caused his death.

The sentencing phase is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday morning.

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