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Kim Williams, Wife Of Kaufman County Killer, Pleads Guilty

Bill Zeeble
Mike McLelland was murdered by Eric Williams and his now estranged wife Kim in 2013. She accepted a plea agreement today for her role in the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, and Mark Hasse in 2013.

Kim Williams has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for her role in three Kaufman County murders. Two weeks ago, her estranged husband Eric Williams was sentenced to death.

Eric Williams gunned down Mark Hasse in January 2013. Two months later, he killed Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and wife Cynthia.

Kim Williams says she was in the car for all three murders.

Attorney and former prosecutor Barry Sorrels attended much of the Eric Williams trial. He says Kim Williams will be eligible for parole in 20 years, but her chances are not good.  

“The family has expressed their view that if she ever becomes eligible for parole, that they will make sure they exert every effort to fight it and make certain she’s not paroled,” Sorrels said.   

Kim Williams will be 68 in 20 years. She testified against her husband without a plea deal. Sorrels says the agreement was likely approved by the family.

Sorrels' remark that a plea deal probably helped the family

“They’ve avoided the time, the expense, the agony of going through all this again,” Sorrels said, “Putting the family through another capital murder trial. They got extremely beneficial evidence that helped them persuade the jury that death was the proper verdict in this case.”

Sorrels says Kim Williams will probably spend the rest of her life locked up. 

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.