Texas woman gave her life to Christ, owned up to a slaying — and got a life sentence.
Second Place, Best Reporter portfolio, Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
GATESVILLE, Texas — Lucinda Wilson might have gotten away with murder.
Except that she became a Christian and confessed to her crime.
Now 48, Wilson has served 20-plus years of a life sentence for the capital murder of her ex-fiancé’s girlfriend, Margaret Morales.
Behind bars, the former U.S. Navy servicewoman has worked hard to remain faithful and share the Gospel with other inmates, she said in an interview at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit, a maximum-security women’s prison 40 miles west of Waco.
Wilson won’t be eligible for parole until July 25, 2036 — when she would be 67.
“When I compare it to eternity, it’s really not that long at all,” she said, speaking into a telephone on the other side of a glass partition.
As Wilson visited with The Christian Chronicle, one Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard stood watch. Another guard held a phone to her own ear as she monitored the conversation.
“I don’t deserve to have a second chance really,” said Wilson, an ordinary-looking woman — except for her white prison jumpsuit — with long, brown hair pulled behind her head.
“I just want to try and do as much as I can to bring the Lord the glory he deserves because it’s not about me,” she added. “It’s about what we can do for him and how many souls we can lead to him as well.”
This story appears in the May 2017 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.