Graeme Zielinski - Express-News
“I'm not happy,” Bonano said in tearful Spanish.
She said all she had wanted from Santiago, 39, was the truth and that Tuesday was not a day of celebration for the Bonano family.
Nathan Bonano had to undergo emergency surgery and sustained brain and retinal damage.
The jury of eight women and four men arrived at the sentence after a marathon day Monday, when they began their deliberations at about 9 a.m. and were ordered sequestered in a hotel by Judge Pat Priest shortly after 10 p.m.
Denied an appeal bond by Priest, Santiago was handcuffed and taken into custody after Brenda Bonano addressed her. Santiago had been free on bond before her trial.
The five-year sentence, which will make Santiago eligible for parole in 2½ years, was the minimum once the jurors decided they needed to set an example for the community and have her serve time, Norton said.
“I know that she's not responsible for what they're accusing her (of),” he said.
She said she was unimpressed by Santiago's demeanor.
“She still says I didn't do it,” Bonano said. “But she did it.”