Jury sentences man to 75 years in prison for fatal shooting of his girlfriend

James Stewart was convicted Thursday in death of Tiffany Washington in April 2020

SAN ANTONIO – A jury sentenced a San Antonio man to 75 years in prison on Friday for the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Jurors took less than two hours to return their punishment decision for James Stewart. The punishment ranged from 5 to 99 years or life in prison.

Stewart was found guilty Thursday of killing, Tiffany Washington, in April 2020.

According to trial testimony, the couple had been fighting over cellphones when Washington grabbed a knife and Stewart reached for a shotgun.

Stewart at the time told police the gun accidentally went off as the arguing intensified.

The jury didn’t believe that theory and found him guilty.

During the punishment phase, Stewart took the stand and while he took full responsibility for his actions he showed very little remorse.

Stewart will now be transferred to a Texas prison. He will be almost 88-years-old when he is eligible for parole.


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Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with 15 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter and cohost of the podcast Texas Crime Stories.

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