Tyler County man gets life in prison in 2014 murder of couple outside Colmesneil church

Lloyd Paul Westfall plead guilty to two counts of murder in a Tyler County courtroom today

WOODVILLE - A Tyler County man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in the deaths of a Tyler County Couple in 2014.

Lloyd Paul Westfall, 59, plead guilty to two murder charges in the deaths of Nathan and Kristen Maddox and was sentenced to two life sentences to run concurrently on Friday in front of District Court Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker in Tyler County.

The couple, who were killed outside a church near Colmesneil, were involved in a custody battle over Nathan Maddox's five-year-old daughter who was inside the church at the time and was not harmed.

Several family members of the Maddox family were at the Tyler County District Court to receive closure in the murder case of Nathan and Krystal Maddox.

Nathan’s father and Krystal’s father-in-law Jim, spoke briefly to Lloyd Paul Westfall after Westfall received two concurrent life sentences for the murder of the Tyler County couple.

"Today was a step forward, and certainly a turning of the page, a closing of this particular chapter,” Maddox told us after his victim impact statement.

Maddox says despite the tragedy that struck their family over three years ago, their family continues to gain strength.

"Certainly it was a powerful thing that the family stayed together as a nucleus through this,' Maddox said.

All four members of the Westfall family have been convicted in connection with the 2014 murder outside a Colmesneil church.

Westfall had no comment as he was escorted out of the courtroom.

Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford says he was glad to see this case through until the end.

"Three years later now I can say these people have been brought to justice, and now the healing process, however that may be with the family members, now, that it can begin," Sheriff Weatherford said.

Maddox says he's grateful that people like Sheriff Weatherford have helped him and his family through the tragedy.

"We did draw strength from that and certainly put a place in our heart, and it showed us that we're not by our self, we're not alone in this," Maddox said.

Westfall is not eligible for parole.

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