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Jury Sentences Deanna Cook's Ex-Husband To 85 Years

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The same jury that convicted Delvecchio Patrick of murdering his ex-wife Deanna Cook has sentenced him to 85 years, plus a $10,000 fine.

He had been facing a maximum life sentence for the 2012 drowning death of Cook.  Her murder shed light on problems with the Dallas 911 system, after response to her call for help was delayed and she was found dead in her home two days later.

Testimony in the sentencing phase of Patrick's trial began Tuesday morning.  By Tuesday evening, the jury returned with unanimous decision.

Before dismissing the jury, state District Judge Brandon Birmingham thanked the jury.

"Members of the jury I want to that you, on behalf I know of all the lawyers, for your hard work and for your diligence in listening to all the facts of this case and rendering a verdict. I know that you all were working hard and listening intently and I am grateful that you all did that."

Deanna Cook's daughter and sister testified for the prosecution during sentencing.  Patrick's mother was among the witnesses to testify on his behalf.

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