Amarillo man sentenced to life for child death

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - An Amarillo man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend's five-year-old daughter to death.

A Wilbarger County Jury in Vernon sentenced 43-year-old Tommy Castro yesterday.

Castro was found guilty on Tuesday in the July 2009 death of Kati Earnest.

Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction but jurors were given the option of a non-capital charge.

The conviction and sentencing comes about 8 months after the girl's mother, Kristina Earnest, was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to injury to a child.