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Woman sentenced for deaths of sons
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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Bradley County judge has sentenced a woman to two life terms in the deaths of her two young sons.Tasha Bates was convicted in August of murder and child neglect in the deaths of 3-year-old River and 5-year-old Leland, who were left in a car last June when the temperature hit 101 degrees.The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Bates’ attorney, Richard Hughes, asked that the sentences be allowed to run concurrently, meaning she would serve just one life sentence.“Justice can be accomplished with one life sentence,” Hughes said. “That in no way diminishes the life of these children.”The prosecution didn’t object, but the judge refused.“These are two people that were murdered. Two people.