A woman has been convicted to killing her ex with boiling water. Jesusa Ursonal Tatad is accused of throwing a pot of boiling water on her ex-husband Ronnie as he slept in their California home in 2011.
The couple was reportedly divorced but continued to share a home in Daly City. Jesusa stated that she and her estranged husband were working together to bring their two children to the US from the Philippines.
As reported by The Daily Journal, the couple had plans to remarry when their children arrived in the US. Jesusa was looking forward to the reunion until she discovered Ronnie was seeing another woman.
On November 26, 2011, Jesusa boiled a pot of water and poured it over her ex-husbands body as he slept. Ronnie reportedly got out of the bed and tried to run as Jesusa hit him over the head with a baseball bat.
As reported by CBS News, Ronnie sustained second and third degree burns covering 60 percent of his body. Ronnie remained in intensive care for just under two weeks before he died of a blood infection caused by the burns.
Jesusa was charged and held without bail for the first-degree murder and torture of her ex-husband. Over a year later, she has agreed to enter a plea of no contest to second-degree murder. As part of the plea, Jesusa was convicted of killing her ex-husband with boiling water and will be sentenced in May 17 to 16 years in prison.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti states that she offered the plea deal as she was not confident that the defendant intended to kill her ex-husband. She also points out that there was no evidence of premeditation.
Jesusa’s attorney John May is comfortable with the plea agreement as his client had no prior criminal record and regrets the assault. He maintains that, while his client intended to hurt her ex-husband, she did not intend to end his life.
The woman’s conviction of second-degree murder for killing her husband with boiling water will allow her the possibility for parole. Although the sentencing has been predetermined, the hearing will take place on May 17.