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ley’s head, prose­cu­tors said.

Michele Kel­ley, Chris Kel­ley’s wife, told Wil­liamson: “You com­pletely dis­gust me. You must know I am stronger than ever and you can­not and will not ever break me. My God is might­ier than you will ever be and with him I will fight.”

She and Chris Kel­ley’s par­ents and sis­ter said they would never for­give Wil­liamson and would fight to make sure he was never paroled.

Out­side the court­room af­ter the sen­tenc­ing, Wil­liamson’s grand­fa­ther, C.R. Wil­liamson, said that “my grand­son didn’t mean to do that.”

“It was an ac­ci­dent, and everybody knows that,” he said. “Hope­fully one day they will see in their hearts to for­give be­cause they should.”

Wil­liamson, 29, was con­victed Thurs­day of mur­der. The jury de­lib­er­ated for about an hour and a half Mon­day be­fore sen­tenc­ing him to life in prison.

He will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in about 27½ years be­cause he will get credit for good time served, said Wil­liamson County District At­tor­ney Shawn Dick.

Michele Kel­ley spoke to re­porters with her fa­ther out­side the court­room af­ter the sen­tenc­ing. When asked what she thought about Wil­liamson’s grand­fa­ther ask­ing for for­give­ness, she said: “I don’t fore­see it . ... When you take some­one’s life, that’s a big thing.”

She said she was grate­ful for the life sen­tence be­cause it showed that the com­mu­nity and the jury knew how much her husband’s life mat­tered. Be­fore the sen­tenc­ing, she had tes­ti­fied Mon­day that Chris Kel­ley, who was 38, was a de­voted husband and lov­ing fa­ther who spent as much time with his young daugh­ter and son as pos­si­ble, cooked for the fam­ily and al­ways sup­ported her.

“When the kids scream out ev­ery sin­gle night about how much they miss their dad, I don’t know what to do with them be­cause I miss him just as much,” she said while cry­ing. “As much as I hurt, I hurt 100 times more for my ba­bies be­cause I know all the mile­stones Chris is go­ing to miss with them.”

Prose­cu­tors and the de­fense did not com­ment af­ter the sen­tenc­ing.

De­fense lawyer Joe James Sawyer said in his clos­ing ar­gu­ment be­fore the sen­tenc­ing that what Wil­liamson did was un­in­ten­tional and that the ev­i­dence in the case was in­com­plete. He also said, as he did through­out the trial, that Wil­liamson was not re­spon­si­ble for Kel­ley’s fa­tal head in­juries be­cause he did not run over his head.

Pros­e­cu­tor Dee McWil­liams said dur­ing clos­ing ar­gu­ments that Wil­liamson “stole Chris Kel­ley from his fam­ily, from his chil­dren, from of­fi­cers, from this com­mu­nity.”

“What was stolen was the best,” McWil­liams said.


Michele Kel­ley, widow of Hutto po­lice Sgt. Chris Kel­ley, speaks Mon­day in court dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing of Colby Wil­liamson. “You com­pletely dis­gust me,” Kel­ley told Wil­liamson. She later said she was grate­ful he had re­ceived a life sen­tence.

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