Jury spares life of defendant in Texas trailer deaths trial

| 1/19/2007

A Houston jury spared the life of former trucker Tyrone Williams, sentencing him to life in prison without parole instead.

The jury - which deliberated for nearly six days - also had the option of letting the judge sentence Williams to a term of less than life. The jury made its decision Thursday, Jan. 18.

Williams was convicted on 58 counts last month, stemming from the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants. They died in 2003 after being left in the sweltering trailer of a truck Williams was driving for a smuggling operation.