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Hazelwood Family Reacts to Murder Plea

"He took my whole life from me and my children. We don't have Allen anymore. Mr. Robinson's gone. He did something brutal and it was his gun," says Rebecca Hazelwood, Allen's widow. "He took my whole life from me and my children. We don't have Allen anymore. Mr. Robinson's gone. He did something brutal and it was his gun," says Rebecca Hazelwood, Allen's widow.
"It doesn't matter the verdict or how they do it, it's never going to take back what happened, that they took two men's life, and forever changed their family," says Brenda Poole, Allen's sister-in-law. "It doesn't matter the verdict or how they do it, it's never going to take back what happened, that they took two men's life, and forever changed their family," says Brenda Poole, Allen's sister-in-law.

An Amarillo family is breathing easier now that the men that killed their beloved father and husband are in prison. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what finally closed this case.

Friday, Jason Williams pleaded guilty to his involvement in the April 2006 slaying of Allen Hazelwood and Claude Robertson. By pleading he avoided possible life in prison, which is exactly what his co-defendant got.

Michael Ryan pleaded guilty to murder one year ago and was sentenced to life behind bars. He and Williams were convicted of killing Hazelwood and Robertson outside Robertson's home off I-40 near Bushland.

Williams was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday. Although he didn't pull the trigger, Hazelwood's family would've preferred a stiffer sentence, because he is eligible for parole in 20 years.

"He took my whole life from me and my children. We don't have Allen anymore. Mr. Robinson's gone. He did something brutal and it was his gun," says Rebecca Hazelwood, Allen's widow.

"It doesn't matter the verdict or how they do it, it's never going to take back what happened, that they took two men's life, and forever changed their family," says Brenda Poole, Allen's sister-in-law.

Although Hazelwood understands the law allows Williams the parole option, it's what bothers her the most.

"He could come out and be on the streets again. I do believe Jason got off pretty good. He could be alive man by the time he comes up for parole," says Rebecca Hazelwood.

Williams is now on his way to Huntsville to be classified with the state prison system. He will get a psychiatric screening, and then possibly be jailed in Amarillo at the Clements' Unit.

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