R.I. Woman Convicted of Killing 3-Year-Old Nephew for Making a Mess

A woman who beat her 3-year-old nephew after she came home from a night of drinking to find a mess in her Woonsocket home has been convicted of murder.

Katherine Bunnell was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Friday for the 2004 death of Thomas "T.J" Wright. The jury in Providence Superior Court began deliberating three days earlier.

She was found not guilty of first-degree murder.

Sentencing was set for July 16, and she faces 10 years to life in prison.

Bunnell's defense attorney had argued that while she hit the toddler, her live-in boyfriend, Gilbert Delestre, delivered the fatal wounds. Delestre also is charged and will be tried separately.