AUSTIN (KXAN) - One juror in the Laura Hall case said Hall's own words helpedthe jurydecide to send her to prison for the maximum 11 years fortampering with evidence and helping Colton Pitonyak escape toMexico after the 2005 murder of Jennifer Cave.
When the jury foreman read the verdict last Friday, juror Paul -who preferred we not use his last name - had no doubt they did theright thing.
"We were dealing with a person - Laura Hall - who had noremorse whatsoever and thought of herself only," said Paul.
Paul said the jury believed recordedphone calls Hall made from jail which threatened Cave's motherand called her names showed her true character.
"The fact that somebody would make the comments that Laura Hallmade, knowing that their conversations were being recorded, bogglesmy mind," he said. "It defines the type of person she is."
But this juror said his decision was less about who she was andmore about what she did.
"The evidence presented showed me, as well as the rest of thejury, that she was involved in something horrific, something thatwas deserving of a 10-year sentence," said Paul.
The jury calmly deliberated for six hours, reviewing as much ofthe evidence as they could - including the prosecution's timelineof the case.
In the end, the jury, who had no idea what Hall's previoussentence was, decided she poses a threat to society.
"When she gets out she could be a different person," saidPaul. "I can't say that she would be dangerous at that time. Peoplecan change, people can rehabilitate, people can can learn."
Hall has already served about 20 months of her sentence. She'llbe eligible for parole after serving one-quarter of thatsentence.
She is still waiting to be transferred from the Travis CountyJail to a state prison facility.
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