I-Team: Chaz Higgs Gets Life With Parole - 8 News NOW

Mark Sayre, Investigative Reporter

I-Team: Chaz Higgs Gets Life With Parole

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Dallas Augustine, Kathy Augustine's daughter on the stand. Dallas Augustine, Kathy Augustine's daughter on the stand.
Shirley Higgs, Chaz Higgs' mother on the stand. Shirley Higgs, Chaz Higgs' mother on the stand.
Chaz Higgs listens to verdict being read in Reno courtroom on June 28, 2007. Chaz Higgs listens to verdict being read in Reno courtroom on June 28, 2007.
This is the mug shot taken Monday after Higgs was booked into the Washoe County jail. This is the mug shot taken Monday after Higgs was booked into the Washoe County jail.

It took a jury about seven hours of deliberation to find Chaz Higgs guilty of murdering his wife, State controller Kathy Augustine. But that same panel is also giving him a chance at possibly getting out of prison one day.

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"We the jury in the above entitled matter find the defendant, Chaz Higgs, guilty of first degree murder."

Chaz Higgs showed no emotion as the clerk of the court read the verdict. The families of Kathy Augustine and Chaz Higgs were all in the courtroom for the verdict.

And those family members themselves had been on the stand Friday afternoon, speaking directly to the jurors who are now deciding Higgs' sentence.

Dallas Augustine, Kathy Augustine's daughter said, "First of all, to Chaz, I just want to say that I pity you and after hearing your indifference to my mother's suffering, you could never know what it is like to be a human being. My mother was the most influential person in my family. She wasn't perfect but she worked very hard to make something special of her life. She could be here right now. But you, in the span of a morning, took away not only her life but everything I knew as family. She was my only family."

Shirley Higgs, Chaz Higgs' mother said, "I would hope that the jury would consider life with parole only because every person, every person is entitled to hope and I would like my son to have that hope while he's in prison."

The jury decided Friday afternoon that Higgs should be sent to prison for life with the possibility of parole. That verdict was handed down by a jury of eight women and four men.

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