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Milam County woman sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to capital murder charges

Shayla Boniello plead guilty to killing 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader in December 2018.
Credit: Milam Co. Sheriff's Office
Shawn Vincent Bonielle, AKA, Shayla Angelina Boniello is charged with capital murder for the killing of a 20-month-old girl.

MILAM COUNTY, Texas — A woman indicted for the murder of a toddler was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Shayla Angelina Boniello, 32, plead guilty to a capital murder relating to the death of 20-month-old Patricia Ann Rader and was then sentenced.

The investigation started when police were called to a home in Rockdale on Dec. 3, 2018. Fifteen days later, Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey said his office would pursue a charge of capital murder of a child younger than 10 years of age and endangering a child.

A Milam County judge raised Boniello's bond to $3,000,000 in February.

Although the charge is punishable by death or life without parole according to Texas law, the state was recently provided with evidence that Boniello suffers from a traumatic brain injury. The brain injury along with her non-violent past would render any death verdict insufficient and would be reversed on appeal, the Milam County District Attorney said. 

Boniello also reportedly waived her right to appeal the decision. 

RELATED: Milam County DA seeks death penalty in killing of Rockdale baby

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