POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:48pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) — A Kilgore man who allegedly tried to kill his father in May 2013, plead guilty to aggravated kidnapping  and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
The Gregg County District Attorney's Office tells KETK, Monday morning, William Lawson, 51, dismissed the attempted murder charge and reached a plea deal for Lawson to plead guilty to aggravated kidnapping which is a higher degree felony than attempted murder.
Aggravated kidnapping is a first-degree felony carrying a punishment range from five to 99 years or life in prison. The state wanted the jury to have the highest degree felony and largest punishment range available, according to Gregg County Assistant District Attorney, Chris Botto.
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 , Kilgore Police responded to the 500 Block of Gladewater Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle/welfare concern.
Upon arrival, officers discovered Lawson and his father, Robert Emmett Lawson inside a pick-up truck. Officers noticed a strong smell of propane gas and observed signs on the truck windows that said “Danger Propane”. Officials spoke with Lawson, who threatened to ignite the propane and kill himself, his father and the responding officers. Police noticed the windows fogging up on the truck and with the assistance of the Kilgore Fire Department, Lawson and his father were removed. While law enforcement was trying to get the individuals out of the truck, Lawson was seen attempting strangling his father.
Lawson is being held in the Gregg County Jail and will be eligible for parole after half his sentence is served.