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Clint Weldon Wilson sentenced to life by Franklin Co. jury

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    A Franklin County jury sentenced Clint Weldon Wilson to life in prison for the January murder of 37-year-old Juvenal Gonzales of Mount Pleasant and 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He also was assessed $20,000 in fines — $10,000 per offense.

    The 32-year-old Sulphur Springs man pled guilty to possessing the firearm in connection with the shooting death of Gonzales at a southern Franklin County residence.
    The Franklin County jury, after hearing three days of testimony in the case Friday found Wilson guilty of murdering Gonzales after only 29 minutes of deliberations. The trial continued with testimony offered during the punishment phase. The jury came back with their verdict of life plus 10 years and $20,000 in fines shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.
    Authorities noted during their preliminary investigation that Gonzales had gone to a Franklin County residence on Jan. 19 to pick up his children for visitation. A verbal argument ensued between Gonzales and the mother of his children. At a later time during the dispute, Wilson reportedly entered the room and fired multiple shots. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, immediately afterward, said no children were present in the residence at the time, but Gonzales was severely injured.
    Gonzales was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Mount Vernon, where he was pronounced dead.
    Texas Rangers and Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Scene Reconstruction Team assisted Franklin County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

 

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