Convicted felon, 21, given 20 years in prison

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 07:06 PM

Tyshik-kee Davonte Williams, a 21-year-old convicted felon from Henderson, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday by a U.S. District Court judge.

Williams, facing heroin trafficking charges, was given a 240-month sentence by Judge James Dever, to be followed by a three-year supervised release. Evidence was presented from a Jan. 16 indictment on charges of two counts of heroin distribution and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Williams, represented by Neil Morrison, entered a guilty plea in April. Rudy Renfer, a U.S. attorney, led the prosecution.

The investigation against Williams included the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The probe of heroin trafficking and associated violent crimes in the area netted 11 arrests leading up to the warrants against Williams.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s statement on the sentencing, Williams “solicited” robberies and drug trafficking activities from other individuals of the Money Gang Mob and he was responsible for multiple shootings and robbery incidents.

On March 30, 2011, Henderson police served a warrant to search a hotel room where he was staying, and during the search investigators found a loaded handgun along with ammunition and “a large quantity” of heroin.

Williams told law enforcement the firearm belonged to him.

In 2012, on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1, Williams sold quantities of heroin to at least one informant working with the Henderson Police in controlled buys that were part of an investigation against Williams.

Morrison asserted that Williams has left his life of crime behind him, and “will not break the law again,” having resolved to get his life in order once he is free from prison.

Attorneys had discussions on the sentencing level and if Williams should be treated as a career offender. Williams’ six prior state-level convictions were considered a possible aggravating factor.

Renfer included in arguments that some of Williams’ cases were consolidated. In one multiple-robbery case essentially finding guilt on two counts, the case was consolidated into a conviction on one charge.

Morrison cited prior case rulings to argue that the state operates more efficiently in consolidating cases, and it is done in order to treat offenders the same.

According to Morrison, Williams had technically been found guilty on two prior felony charges and four misdemeanors, setting a point system for sentencing range.

According to state prison records, Williams served 15 to 18 months in prison for a case of multiple robbery allegations from 2008 and 2009 that were consolidated into one common-law robbery conviction.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.