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Kilgore man sentenced to nine years in prison on kidnapping charge

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William Lawson (Source: Gregg County Jail) William Lawson (Source: Gregg County Jail)
GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

William Emmett Lawson, 51, of Kilgore was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday. Lawson pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping in front of a grand jury for his involvement in a May 2013 incident.

Kilgore Police Department say officers responded to a suspicious vehicle and a welfare concern in the 500 block of Gladewater Street in Kilgore on May 2. Upon arrival, officers encountered Lawson and his father, 76-year-old Robert Lawson, inside a 1985 Chevrolet pick-up. A strong smell of propane gas was coming from the vehicle.

Police initiated contact with William who then threatened to ignite the propane, saying he was going to kill himself, his father and responding officers. With the assistance of Kilgore Fire Department, the truck was breached and the men were removed.

William Lawson was originally charged with attempted murder.

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