HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A convicted killer originally sentenced to death for the 1982 murder of a Houston police officer must serve life in prison after a plea deal.
Arthur Lee Williams, 59, was re-sentenced Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Detective Daryl Shirley, according to the Houston Chronicle.READ MORE: American Plans To Invest In A Budget Airline Based In Chile
Williams’ death sentence was overturned two years ago due to bad jury instructions.
Williams was on parole at a Minnesota halfway house when he fled to Houston, where Shirley tried to arrest him.
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Williams must serve two consecutive sentences — life imprisonment with opportunity for parole for the slaying, and 60 years for a prior aggravated assault.
Williams isn’t eligible for parole until he’s nearly 100 years old.
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