HOUSTON – William Lewis Reece was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to capital murder in the deaths of Laura Smither and Jessica Cain, who were slain 25 years ago.
The convicted serial killer is now heading to Brazoria County, where he is expected to plead guilty to the murder of Kelli Ann Cox.
Reece killed Smither, a 12-year-old from Friendswood, and Cain, a 17-year-old from Tiki Island, in 1997.
He also murdered Cox, a 20-year-old Denton woman, the same year.
Smither was found a few weeks after she disappeared, but Cain’s and Cox’s bodies were not found until 2016.
In 2015, Oklahoma officials used DNA to link Reece to the murder of Tiffany Johnston, and a calling card also put him in the area where she disappeared. After he was charged in her death, Reece looked to cut a deal and started talking about the Texas murders.
At the time of the confessions, Reece was serving a 60-year prison sentence in Texas after kidnapping Sandra Sapaugh from a parking lot in Webster. Sapaugh escaped by jumping out of Reece’s truck as he drove down I-45. Her testimony secured his conviction and he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Reece was sentenced to death last year in Johnston’s murder.
Reece was sentenced to death last year in Johnston’s murder.[ad_2]