Jessica Tata Returned to US after fleeing to Nigeria
The blaze started due to an unattended pot of oil that was left on the stove. Tata told authorities that she was in the bathroom when the blaze broke out, but a Target receipt and surveillance camera shows Tata shopping during the time of the fire.
Tata fled the United States hours after a warrant was issued for her arrest and bond was set for $550,000.
After leaving the United States, the U.S. Marshals Service placed Tata on the list of its 15 most-wanted fugitives and offered a reward of up to $25,000. The 22-year-old woman turned herself into Interpol agents in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt on Saturday, where she was staying with relatives.
"You cannot thumb your nose at the justice system, whether it be domestically or abroad," Elizabeth Saenz, the U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Texas, said in a statement Monday. "Justice will be served. Jessica Tata has learned this, thanks to the global efforts of the many and unknown."
If convicted, Tata could face up to 20 years in prison.
Personally, i think the reason she turned herself in was because she couldn't cut it in Nigeria. Living in Naija is not for the faint of heart or the uninitiated. From reports that i read, she's not an immigrant from Nigeria, but rather has family in Nigeria. She probably is a first or second generation American. Who knows?