A north Texas woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison after earlier testifying that she assisted her husband gun down a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant in a revenge plot, the Associated Press reported.
Kim Williams appeared in court just two weeks after her husband, Eric Williams, was sentenced to death for one of the three murders.
She testified during Eric Williams’ sentencing that she was a “willing participant”, driving their getaway car after the January 2013 shooting of prosecutor Mark Hasse and helping hide weapons after the March 2013 shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia McLelland.
Investigators have said the couple sought revenge after Eric Williams’ 2012 prosecution for stealing county-owned equipment. He was a justice of peace at the time and the conviction caused him to lose his job and law license.
At her brief court appearance Tuesday, Kim Williams was sentenced immediately after she pled guilty to first-degree murder. She also forfeited her right to appeal. She pleaded guilty in the death of Hasse. Her husband, whom she is now estranged, was convicted Dec. 4 of killing Cynthia McLelland.
Nathan Foreman, Cynthia McLelland’s son, publicly thanked Kim Williams in court for testifying and providing prosecutors with pertinent information.
“I’m not sure closure is the right word, but it was riveting listening to your testimony,” he told her.
“These murders have torn apart my family and Mark Hasse’s family,” he said. “And I’m sure that it’s been equally tough on your family.”
J.R. McLelland, son of Mike McLelland, said to her, “You had too many opportunities to stop it and you didn’t do that.”
During the trail of Eric Williams, prosecutors presented evidence that he paid a friend to rent a storage unit where he stashed more than 30 guns, police tactical gear and the getaway vehicle.
A “masked assassin,” whom prosecutors identified as Eric Williams, approached Hasse as he walked to work and the two shoved each other. They said Hasse pleaded for his life and yelled “I’m sorry” before he was repeatedly shot.
Two months later, Williams broke into the McLelland’s rural home in east Dallas and shot each more than a dozen times, according to evidence at his trial.