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Trinity man convicted in UPS murder going back to prison

Gerald T. McWilliams mug shot courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Gerald T. McWilliams mug shot courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
GROVETON, TX (KTRE) -

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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