Ex-Texas Death Row Inmate Gets Life Term in Officer's Death

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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