Two San Diego pit bull owners were convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after their dogs escaped confinement through a hole in their fence and fatally mauled a 75-year-old woman, according to the Associated Press.
Alba Cornelio, 41, and her daughter Carla Cornelio, 21 were also found guilty of owning a mischievous animal that caused death.
Alba Cornelio cried in the courtroom after hearing the verdict and was removed by paramedics on a gurney.
In 2011, 75-year-old Emako Mendoza was in her backyard when the dogs entered through a gap in a shoddy fence the judge said the Cornelios should have mended.
Mendoza underwent amputations for her left arm and leg as a result of the attack, but died from severe infections and complications. She was 76 when she died.
Defense lawyers unsuccessfully argued that no one could have foreseen the attack, and that both the Cornelios and Mendozas made significant efforts to reinforce the barrier between their yards.
The Cornelios are due for sentencing March 11 and face up to four years in prison.