Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:38 GMT
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:44:31 GMT
In an area prone to hurricanes, flood insurance is important for Louisiana residents. Calcasieu Parish became a part of the National Flood Insurance program in 1978. By participating in the program,More >>
As a way to continue offering flood insurance, Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act in 2012. More >>
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
It only took the jury 10 minutes to reach a verdict in the sentencing phase of the trial of an East Texas man convicted in a cold-case murder from 1999.
34-year-old, Shams Masters was sentenced to life in prison with a $10,000 fine.
Masters was convicted, Monday for the February 1999 death of William Thomas Young. Young was born in November of 1980 and attended Robert E. Lee High School. He was shot to death at age 18 by a gunshot wound to the head. His body was found in a wooded area that is now the Woodland Estates, near Flint. Young's body was found on the morning of February 18, 1999 by a man waking his dog.
Tuesday, the parents of the victim took the stand one last time to tell the jury how much pain and suffering Masters has caused their family.
"I think of my son everyday. Every morning when I get up I thank the lord for the day and I say, 'Good morning, Lock.' That's every day," said the victim's mother, Rosalind Young.
"My nights have been sleepless. My days have been dark," said the victim's father, William Young Sr.
Prosecutors brought to light Masters' multiple convictions and sentences served since the murder. Those convictions included drug charges, assault and multiple bank robberies.
But, the defense argued that the jury wasn't present to sentence Masters for his other crimes.
"The allegation before you is not bank robbery... it's not possession of a controlled substance... it's not misdemeanor drug possessions... it's not a misdemeanor assault. The allegation here before you is murder," said defense attorney A. M. Thompson.
Attorneys for The State told the jurors the defense was right.
"Absolutely. Consider the fact that this is a murder. Consider the fact that he shot somebody in the head for a bag of crack," said prosecutor Whitney Tharp.
Prosecutors urged the jurors to give Masters the maximum sentence. The said that way, if he makes parole in 30 years, he'll still be on probation for the rest of his life.
"If anybody in this room feels comfortable with Mr. Masters being out in the free world, and not being supervised by anybody, that's a scary thought," Tharp said.
The jury deliberated for two hours Monday before reaching a guilty verdict for Masters.
Masters will be sent back to a federal prison in Colorado to finish the 14 years left in his bank robbery sentence. After that, he'll be transported back to Texas where he'll begin serving this life sentence.
Tuesday, May 14 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-15 02:46:58 GMT
A Henderson County home was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.Volunteer fire crews from Brownsboro, Chandler, and Dixie responded to a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Boulevard in Chandler around 6:30More >>
Multiple fire crews respond to Tuesday evening fire.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 7:11 PM EDT2013-05-14 23:11:18 GMT
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.According to Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Smith and Sydney Brook Side were arrested and charged with solicitationMore >>
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.More >>
Saturday, May 11 2013 9:20 PM EDT2013-05-12 01:20:29 GMT
A run-off election will be needed to decided who will take the seat of Mayor in the city of Jacksonville.The current mayor, Kenneth Melvin took home 389 votes (41%), while Rob Gowin took home 426 (44%)More >>
A run-off election will be needed to decided who will take the seat of Mayor in the city of Jacksonville.More >>
Friday, May 10 2013 3:49 PM EDT2013-05-10 19:49:01 GMT
Multiple fire departments are fighting a fire at a building used by the Union Grove Independent School District. Fire officials confirm the building is located on the district's school campus on UnionMore >>
Multiple fire departments are fighting a fire at a building used by the Union Grove Independent School District.More >>