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Kim Williams pleads guilty in Texas prosecutor killings

The son of one of her victims thanked Kim Williams for testifying against her husband, calling her testimony "riveting."

By Frances Burns

KAUFMAN, Texas, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A woman who admitted helping her lawyer husband kill a Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant was sentenced to 40 years Tuesday.

Kim Williams, 48, wearing a baggy black-and-white striped jail uniform, entered a formal plea of guilty to murder. She must serve at least half the sentence before being eligible for parole.

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Eric Williams was sentenced to death Dec. 17 for the murder of Cynthia McLelland, who was shot in March 2013 with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland. Kim was a star prosecution witness at her husband's trial.

On the witness stand, Kim Williams described acting as get-away driver when her husband gunned down Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse at the courthouse in January 2013 and helping him get rid of the gun. She played the same role two months later when the McLellands were killed at their home.

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Williams was angry because he had lost his job as a justice of the peace and his law license after being convicted of stealing county computer equipment. Kim acknowledged she was a "willing participant" in the three killings.

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Kim Williams told the jury she had not negotiated a deal in exchange for her testimony.

"I'd like to thank you for your testimony, for providing the information," Nathan Foreman, Cynthia McLelland's son, told Kim Williams at Tuesday's hearing. "It was riveting listening to your testimony."

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J.R. McLelland told Kim she deserves a long prison term for killing his parents but said he feels sorry for her.

Eric Williams has not yet been tried for killing Mike McLelland and Haase.

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