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Ex-Texas death row inmate gets life term in officer’s death

December 20, 2018
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Arthur Lee Williams. The convicted killer originally sentenced to execution for the 1982 slaying of a Houston police officer must serve life in prison in a plea deal. The Houston Chronicle reports 59-year-old Williams was re-sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, for the fatal shooting of Detective Daryl Shirley. Williams' death sentence was overturned two years ago due to bad jury instructions. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — A convicted killer originally sentenced to execution for the 1982 slaying of a Houston police officer must serve life in prison in a plea deal.

The Houston Chronicle reports 59-year-old Arthur Lee Williams was re-sentenced Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Detective Daryl Shirley. 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.

A November defense filing said witnesses have since died, laws changed and a 911 call was taped over.

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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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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