Sherman jury mulls punishment in murder case
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — After a full day of deliberations on Thursday, a Sherman jury has still not reached a unanimous decision on how long Beau Watson will spend in prison for the murder of Jeremy Obar.
Watson faces a possible sentence ranging from two years to life, depending on how the jury views his crime.
While murder could result in a prison term from five to life behind bars, if jurors decide that Watson's actions were influenced by sudden passion, the punishment is between two and 20 years.
Defense lawyers argued for the "sudden passion" option, while prosecutors are seeking a 40-year sentence.
Either term could also carry a fine of up to $10,000.
Watson claimed the 2020 shooting death of Obar was an act of self-defense.