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Man convicted for Waxahachie officer's death gets 55 years

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The man accused of driving drunk and killing a Waxahachie police officer was convicted Thursday and sentenced to 55 years in jail.

Dylyn Richards, 24, was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter for the death of Officer Josh Williams in July.

Police said the accident happened in the 600 block of North Highway 77 while Williams was responding to a call.

Richards was speeding and slammed into the cruiser. He also had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit as was driving without lights at the time, police said.

Williams was a 17-year veteran of the force.

"Josh really had a servant's heart," said Waxahachie City Manager Paul Stevens. "He took his job really seriously. You always hear about protect and serve and he took that very seriously."

Friends said he had a positive energy and passion for the job that is sorely missed.

"Josh always had a smile on his face, he was just one of those guys," Patrick Wilson, the Ellis County District Attorney, said. "Everybody liked Josh."

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