4/18/2017 UPDATE: According to DPS, Billy Wayne Gilliland is now in custody after being captured in Harris County at a residence in Cloverleaf. The arrest was the result of a tip, and a reward of up to $7,500 will be paid.
LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – Texas troopers have added Billy Wayne Gilliland, 58, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Officials say Gilliland received a life sentence for murder in Liberty County in the 1980s but was released on parole in March 2014. In Oct. 2016, He allegedly fled a halfway house in Del Valle, Texas.
Gilliland has ties to Liberty County and also to the cities of Baytown, Conroe and Midway. His criminal history also includes convictions for escape, burglary and drug charges, records show.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Gilliland is a confirmed member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang, and he’s now wanted for parole violation and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle.
A cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture.
Gilliland is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Gilliland has numerous tattoos on his back, chest, arms and left shoulder. He also may wear glasses.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:
-- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
-- Text the letters “DPS” – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
-- Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
-- Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
-- Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8) and for Android users on Google Play: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en).
All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name, the DPS says.
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