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Man sentenced to jail for killing teen during roadside shooting as family left Astros game

A Houston man has been sentenced to prison for shooting a teenager during a road incident when his family left an Astros game in 2021.

Gerald W. Williams, 35, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. KPRKThis was announced by the affiliated station KSAT in Houston.

The authorities stated that on July 6, 2021 Williams shot and killed 17-year-old David Castro in the head in front of the father and brother of a teenager.

After exiting the game, Williams aggressively drove his Buick and avoided cars when stuck in traffic, according to police. Paul Castro, David’s father, made a hand gesture as Williams tried to pull into his lane.

Paul Castro previously told KPRC that he let Williams in line, but Williams followed the family for several miles.

“My son David was a little nervous. He said, “Here’s this guy.” I said, “I know.” And I said, “We’re going to go in a different direction,” he said. “I was driving as fast as I could and started to blend into the traffic.”

Williams eventually fired several shots at their truck.

“I heard ‘pop, pop’ and then I thought he missed,” Castro told KPRC. “I turn around and I see Luke and I’m like, ‘Are you okay, Luke?’ He was in the back seat, and then I realized that my other son was injured.”

David Castro was taken to the hospital and was on life support, but died two days later.

The police launched a manhunt for Williams, and he later turned himself in to the police August 1, 2021

“It’s been 18 months and two weeks,” Paul Castro told KPRC after the plea deal was struck. “This is the first time I’ve felt a bit of peace.”

Because Williams pleaded guilty, the family did not have to testify in court.

“We are grateful that we managed to avoid having to go through all this again and again. We definitely didn’t want my second son to be able to come to the witness stand,” he said.

Williams was previously convicted in 2008 of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was released on parole in February 2020.

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