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Daughters on opposite sides face heartache during sentencing hearing

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By The Staff

Updated 1:15 p.m.

Leon Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker handed down a life sentence today for Hernandez Lopaz Daniels, convicted Tuesday of killing Constance Dupont, a Havana resident and former law enforcement informant. The sentence was recommended by the jury after an hour-long deliberation.

Updated 9:30 a.m.

Two daughters made tearful pleas for their parents Thursday as part of their testimony during the sentencing hearing for Hernandez Lopaz Daniels, who is facing a possible death penalty or life in prison.

Daniels was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in the death of Constance Dupont, a Havana resident and law enforcement informant. Daniels ordered a "hit" on Dupont, and the man who pulled the trigger, Fernando Taylor, will stand trial at a later date.

Lasharka Jones, 27, read a letter about her mother's life from the witness stand, and said she has suffered nightmares, ulcers and depression since her mother was killed. She also said she does not want Daniels to die.

Tiffany Davis also took the witness stand, but on Daniels' behalf. Davis said Daniels isn't her biological father, but that he had raised her. Her words caused Daniels to cry.

The hearing continues today, and jurors will deliberate following closing arguments.

Information from published reports.