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Sunday, June 22, 1997

Woman convicted in 1955 murders, to remain in prison indefinitely

HOUSTON (AP) - A 75-year-old woman convicted child-killer who was arrested in Idaho this spring after walking off parole 16 years ago will not be released any time soon.

A Texas parole panel has revoked Annie Laurie Williams parole, which means she will be imprisoned indefinitely.

Ms. Williams was convicted in 1955 of murdering her sons - Calvin, 9, and Conrad, 7 - dismembering their bodies and duping a friend into burying them in Galveston County.

After serving 25 years in prison, she was released on parole in 1980, only to disappear from a Houston halfway house and flee to California and eventually to Riggins, Idaho, where she was arrested in April.

After her return to Texas, parole authorities had the discretion to grant Ms. Williams parole again, but decided against it.

The woman's age and delicate health could not be considered as factors in the decision, said Terri Schnorrenberg, a parole board panel member who voted to revoke parole.

Ms. Williams' friends in Idaho, who had no idea of her notorious criminal past until after her arrest, believe she may be better off in prison anyway.

"It's kind of like going back home," said Hattie Stinnett, 73, a friend who writes to Williams in prison. "She seems to be reasonably happy."

In their last correspondence, Ms. Williams wrote to Ms. Stinnett that she was braiding yarn to be fashioned into hair for dolls made by women inmates.

Although Ms. Williams pleaded guilty in 1955, she now denies that she killed her sons while living in a Pasadena trailer park.

Last month she told reporters she fled Houston because her fellow parolees at an Astrodome-area halfway house called her a "baby killer."

Ms. Williams, who is legally blind, can petition to be paroled again if she can meet "special needs" criteria, but those usually apply only to terminally ill prisoners. Send a Letter to the Editor about This Story | Start or Join A Discussion about This Story
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