2012-07-27 / Top Stories

Williams Sentenced to 50 Years In Prison


Paul Williams in a photo released by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Paul Williams in a photo released by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Wednesday that Far Rockaway resident Paul Williams, who was convicted of opening fire on a crowd in September 2009 and killing one man and wounding another, has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

Brown said, “Taking into consideration the defendant’s wanton disregard for human life, the lengthy prison sentence imposed today by the Court is more than justified in order to punish him for his actions and to protect society. The sentence also sends a clear and unequivocal message that random gun violence is not tolerated in Queens County.” The DA identified the defendant as Paul Williams, 36, of 1015 Hartman Lane.

Williams, who has been held without bail since his arrest in February 2010, was convicted in March 2012 of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault following a jury trial presided over by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of 50 years to life in prison.

Brown said that, according to trial testimony, on September 14, 2009, at 1315 Augustina Avenue in Far Rockaway, Williams, armed with an assault rifle, fired 29 rounds into a crowd of people who were at that location. The victim, Ronald Washington, 28, also of Far Rockaway, was fatally struck four times in the upper torso. Todd Jamison, 45, of Cedarhurst, New York, was struck in the leg, resulting in the amputation of his leg above the knee.

Williams fled the scene but was identified and arrested five months later in North Carolina after an arrest for an unrelated incident.

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