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15 years after crime, man given 85 years in prison

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15 years after a teenager's murder, the convicted killer will spend decades in jail.

A McLennan County jury sentenced James Earl Williams to 85 years in prison Wednesday. He was convicted Tuesday of killing Darren Eugene Lang in 1998.

The trial was delayed in June, 2013 and it began again Monday morning. The punishment phase started Wednesday morning, but it didn't take long before the jury began deliberations. They took around four hours to sentence Williams.

The victim's mother addressed Williams in the courtroom after the sentence. Carolyn Lang said she forgives Williams but said justice has been done.

"Yes I'm happy, very happy. Because I have been waiting for this for a long time and God answered my prayers," Lang said.

Lang and the victim's sister says the last 15 years have been hard, and this conviction and sentence have been a long time coming.

"It was rough, it was rough, but if I didn't have the Lord on my side, I don't know where I'd be because that was my baby and he didn't need to die like that," Carolyn Lang said.

"It's a feeling of relief, I know on my part and I know it's like a burden lifted on my mom's part," Angela Lang said.

Williams family also walked out of the courtroom in tears. Williams' defense attorney says he's unhappy with the sentence but respects the jury's decision. He also says he will appeal the case.

Under Texas law, Williams must serve another 28 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

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