Daly City woman sentenced to prison in boiling water killing

A cold prison cell awaits this boiling temper.

Jesusa Ursonal Tadad, 41, of Daly City was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison Wednesday after pleading no contest to charges that she poured a pot of scalding water on her ex-husband while he was sleeping. He died a week after the incident.

Tadad, who remains in custody, will be formally sentenced May 17, said Karen Guidotti, San Mateo County’s chief deputy district attorney.

Prosecutors said Tadad believed her ex-husband, with whom she still lived, had been unfaithful. He had worked the night shift the day of the incident and had come home looking for some shut-eye, prosecutors said. Tadad poured the boiling water on him while he was in bed.

She also reportedly struck him in the head with a bat during the attack.

Tadad “never intended to kill him,” her attorney John May said. “It was a rash act … motivated by jealousy and anger. She will regret it for the rest of her life.”

Tadad accepted a plea bargain to avoid a painful trial for both families, May said. She faced 25 years to life on the original charges.

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