By Jack Fink

KAUFMAN (CBSDFW.COM) – Kim Williams may now spend the rest of her life locked up for her role in the murders that shook Kaufman County to its core.

In a deal with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty to murdering Kaufman County assistant DA Mark Hasse back in January, 2013. In exchange, she agreed to a 40 year sentence in state prison.

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Two weeks ago, she testified against her estranged husband Eric Williams. A Rockwall County jury sentenced him to death for killing DA Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia.

In a Kaufman County courtroom Tuesday, the McLellands’ families spoke to Kim Williams in court. Kristal Ball, Mike McLelland’s daughter told her, “This closes one part of our life, but we’ll never get back those human beings ya’ll took out.”

JR McLelland, Mike’s son said, “You did what you did. Our family is extremely torn for what you allowed to happen.” Nathan Foreman, Cynthia McLelland’s son told her, “These murders have torn apart my family.”

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Kim Williams’ attorney, Paul Johnson said, “She’s very sorry for all the pain she’s caused for all the families involved.”

Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye said Kim Williams’ testimony and cooperation proved helpful in the case against her husband. “I think it’s always helpful for a jury to hear the inside story and I think she gave that to the jury and I think she made that maybe not easy but certainly clear when they gave the death penalty to Eric Williams.”

The murders made national headlines and stirred fear until the Williams were arrested. Kaufman County Commissioners Court Judge Bruce Wood said, “There is a sense of peace, there is a sense of we will now return to somewhat of a normal life we had.”

During her testimony, Kim Williams told jurors she and Eric celebrated the murders by eating steak. A fact, McLellands’ children couldn’t forget as she now begins her 40 year prison sentence.

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JR McLelland told her, “Tonight, I’ll enjoy my second steak for you going to prison.”

Kristal Ball fought back tears, “I will go with my brother tonight, and we will go on with our lives.”

Kim Williams will be up for parole in 20 years.

Mike McLelland’s family said they will do their part to make sure she will remain locked up for all of her 40 year sentence.

Also Tuesday, Judge Michael Snipes agreed to a request by Eric Williams’ attorneys to have their client tested for any potential brain damage.

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