Cruz Found Guilty on All Charges

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WINCHESTER, Va. (WHSV) -- The jury found Sherry Cruz guilty on all charges Thursday morning on charges of setting fire to her house, which killed her two-year-old son.

The jury recommended spend a total of 36 years in prison.

Twenty-five years for the first-degree murder charge, seven years for the arson charge and one year each for the four child abuse neglect charges.

The felony homicide charge against Cruz was dismissed in favor of the first-degree murder charge.

It was a long and emotional day in the courthouse.

Cruz was shaking as the jurors filed in at 10:45 a.m. to deliver the verdict after resuming deliberations at Thursday at 9 a.m.

Cruz broke down in tears as the first guilty verdict for the charge of arson was read.

She had to sit down after the guilty verdict for the first-degree murder charge was read.

While the verdict was being delivered, there were audible gasps and sobs from her family members.

During the penalty phase, when the attorneys argue as to how much the jury should sentence, one of the defense attorneys said, "I am begging you for compassion."

That was as the attorney pushed for the minimum 25-year sentence for Cruz.

The prosecution as one point, looked directly at Cruz and said that these are crocodile tears, crying for herself, not for Christian Cruz, who died in the fire.

Cruz's mother said off-camera after the sentence was read that she lost her daughter and her grandson today.

She also said that justice hasn't happened and there's never going to be justice because Christian is gone and he can't come back.

Cruz will next be in court on May 20 for her official sentencing from the judge.


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