Killer's wife pleads guilty in Texas DA murder case

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KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison after earlier testifying that she helped her husband gun down a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant in a revenge plot.

Kim Williams appeared in court two weeks after her husband, Eric Williams, was sentenced to death for one of the three killings.

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Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams is escorted to the witness stand during the punishment phase of the Eric Williams trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
FILE - These photos provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office show Eric and Kim Williams. Eric Williams, a former justice of the peace and his wife Kim were indicted on capital murder charges Thursday, June 27, 2013 in the slayings of North Texas prosecutors Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, District Attorney Mike McLelland and McLelland's wife, Cynthia, who were fatally shot earlier this year, Hasse outside the local courthouse and the McLellands at their home. The couple could face the death penalty, said the county's current district attorney, Erleigh Norville Wiley. (AP Photos/Kaufman County Sheriff's Office)
This photo provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office shows Kim Williams. Williams was arrested early Wednesday April 17, 2013, a day after she told investigators that she and her husband, former judge Eric Williams, were involved in the shootings of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and one of his prosecutors, according to documents in the case. Eric Williams has not been charged in the killings. (AP Photo/Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, File)
File - This photo provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office shows Eric Williams. Texas authorities have arrested the former justice of the peace's wife, Kim Lene Williams. Online jail records do not list charges against her and officials in Kaufman County wouldn't immediately comment on the reason for her arrest. A law enforcement official has said authorities are trying to build a case against Eric Lyle Williams in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. (AP Photo/Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, File)
Eric Williams, right, waits as Kim Williams, left, his estranged wife, exits the courtroom during the punishment phase of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, pauses as she testifies during the punishment phase of Eric Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Eric Williams, right, listens to testimony from his estranged wife Kim Williams during the punishment phase of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye asks Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, a few questions during the punishment phase of Eric Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, testifies during the punishment phase of Eric Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Special prosecutor Bill Wirskye asks Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, a few questions during the punishment phase of Eric Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams is escorted to the witness stand during the punishment phase of the Eric Williams trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, testifies during the punishment phase of Eric Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Kim Williams, the estranged wife of Eric Williams, testifies during the punishment phase of the Eric Williams trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Eric Williams, center, listens during victim impacts statements after he was sentenced to death in his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Rockwall, Texas. The former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead. He was convicted Dec. 4 of capital murder in the 2013 death of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home east of Dallas. Williams has been charged, but not tried, in the deaths of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Christina Tomlinson, left, daughter of Cynthia McLelland, Nathan Foreman, son of Cynthia McLelland and Julie McFaul wife of Nathan, embrace as the court was in recess shortly after Eric Willams was sentenced during the punishment phase of Williams' capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Rockwall, Texas. The former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead. He was convicted Dec. 4 of capital murder in the 2013 death of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home east of Dallas. Williams has been charged, but not tried, in the deaths of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Eric Williams walks in the courtroom to hear his sentence during the punishment phase of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Rockwall, Texas. The former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead. He was convicted Dec. 4 of capital murder in the 2013 death of Cynthia McLelland, who was slain along with her husband, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, in their home east of Dallas. Williams has been charged, but not tried, in the deaths of Mike McLelland and prosecutor Mark Hasse. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Eric Williams walks in to the courtroom after a recess during the sentencing phase of his capital murder trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Williams was convicted for the murder of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia McLelland back in 2013. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Andy Jacobsohn, Pool)
A detail of one of the assault rifles obtained in a search of a storage unit connected to Eric Williams is shown during the trial of Eric Williams at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Williams faces a possible death sentence for the 2013 slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and the prosecutor's wife, Cynthia, at their home in Forney, just east of Dallas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
A detail of one of the assault rifles obtained in a search of a storage unit connected to Eric Williams is shown during the trial of Eric Williams at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Williams faces a possible death sentence for the 2013 slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and the prosecutor's wife, Cynthia, at their home in Forney, just east of Dallas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
Eric Williams makes his way into the courtroom before his trial at the Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Williams faces a possible death sentence for the 2013 slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and the prosecutor's wife, Cynthia, at their home in Forney, just east of Dallas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Vernon Bryant, Pool)
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She testified during Eric Williams' sentencing hearing that she was a "willing participant," driving the 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.

Investigators have said the couple sought to avenge Eric Williams' 2012 prosecution for stealing county-owned equipment. He was a justice of the peace at the time and the conviction cost him his job and law license.

At her brief court appearance Tuesday, Kim Williams was sentenced immediately after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. She also gave up her right to appeal. She pleaded guilty in the death of Hasse. Her husband, from whom she's now estranged, was convicted Dec. 4 of killing Cynthia McLelland.

Nathan Foreman, Cynthia McLelland's son, thanked Kim Williams in court for testifying and providing prosecutors with 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, the son of Mike McLelland, later told her, "You had too many opportunities to stop it and you didn't do that."

During the trial of Eric Williams, prosecutors presented evidence that he paid a friend to rent a storage unit where he kept more than 30 guns, police tactical gear and the getaway car.

A "masked assassin," whom prosecutors identified as Williams, approached Hasse as he walked to work and the two shoved each other. They said Hasse pleaded and yelled "I'm sorry" before he was repeatedly shot.

Two months later Williams stormed into the McLellands' rural home east of Dallas and shot each more than a dozen times, according to evidence at his trial.

During the punishment phase, Kim Williams testified for more than two hours about her role in the plot.

"His anger was my anger," she said.

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