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UPDATE: Jury sentenced Masters to life in prison, $10,000 fine for 1999 murder

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UPDATE: A jury sentenced Shams Emil Masters to life in prison and $10,000 fine.

UPDATE: (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A jury is now deciding on a punishment for Shams Emil Masters, 34. He faces up to life in prison.

On Monday a Smith County jury found Masters guilty of the 1999 murder of William Young.
The case against Shams Masters in the 1999 cold case murder went to the jury this afternoon.

The defense recalled a witness who had earlier testified for the state, Aaron Vaughn.

Melvin Thompson asked Vaughn if he remembered telling police in 2002 that Masters told Vaughn that Masters killed William Young on Feb. 11 or 12.

Vaughn said he did.

"You mean Mr. Masters killed Kilo before Kilo was dead," Thompson asked the witness, referring to the victim.

But prosecutor Whitney Tharpe questioned Vaughn, reiterating that Vaughn did not remember those exact dates because of his drug use



TYLER (KYTX) - Sentencing phase begins for Shams Masters Tuesday morning.  The prosecution wants Masters to spend life in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.

A jury found Masters guilty of murder in 1999 death of William Young, 18, who was found face down in a grove of trees on Cedarwood Circle in the Woodlands Estates subdivision in southern Smith County Monday evening.

Masters was 20 at the time of the February 1999 killing.


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