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.