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Friday, 05 February 2016 16:00

Career Criminal Convicted of Aggravated Assault

MEMPHIS – February 5, 2016 - A 51-year-old man with eight prior felony convictions was convicted Friday of aggravated assault in an attack on a woman in 2008 near Park and Airways, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Under the law, defendant Jimmy Williams is classified as a career offender because of his extensive record and faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced later by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
Williams would have to serve at least 60 percent – nine years – before he could be considered for parole.
The victim, a 28-year-old woman, told police that she met Williams at a club on July 27, 2008, and that she agreed to walk with him to a friend’s house. Along the way, she said, Williams punched her in the head, knocked her to the ground, threatened her with a box cutter and sexually assaulted her.
Williams was indicted on aggravated rape charges, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser-included felony of aggravated assault.
He had several rape cases that were reviewed in recent years by police and prosecutors, and the woman in this case was the only victim who agreed to cooperate in a prosecution of the case.
Williams has prior convictions of rape, attempted rape, robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, arson and attempted carjacking.
This week’s trial was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Abby Wallace of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.