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Trinity man convicted in UPS murder going back to prison

Gerald T. McWilliams. Photo Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice Gerald T. McWilliams. Photo Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

By Jeff Awtrey - email

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity man on parole for a 1996 robbery conviction is back in prison after a jury found him guilty of possessing a firearm.

According to Trinity County Assistant District Attorney Bennie Shiro, Gerald Tremaine McWilliams, 31, will now serve the remainder of his robbery sentence, then serve a 10-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Shiro said McWilliams pleaded guilty in 1996 to robbery after a UPS driver was killed over a pair of shoes. McWilliams was not the trigger man, so Shiro said the district attorney's office accepted his plea.

The trigger man, Chastain Rivera, is currently serving a life sentence on a capital murder conviction.

McWilliams was released on parole in 2004, but law enforcement found a firearm while searching his home while serving a drug warrant.

The jury convicted McWilliams on the firearm charge Tuesday, and gave him the maximum sentence.

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