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Husband Sentenced for First-Degree Murder of Wife

DATE:  January 29, 2016

CASE:  Michael Williams

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Matt Chisholm, Homicide Unit

The Honorable Geoffrey Goodman sentenced Michael Williams to 56 years to life in prison.  On December 16, 2015, a jury convicted Williams of first-degree murder.  The jury also found true a personal use of a deadly weapon allegation. 

Michael Williams’ wife, Tanganyika Williams, was planning on ending their marriage.  On July 8, 2014, the two were in Michael Williams’ van on 24th Street near Meadowview Road when Williams stabbed his wife twice in the neck and then fled the scene.  Mrs. Williams was able to exit the van and identify Michael Williams as her killer to bystanders and police officers.  She was pronounced dead 30 minutes later due to massive blood loss.  Williams was captured three weeks later when a citizen spotted him and called 911.  When Williams was captured, he was planning to take a bus to Oklahoma.

Williams has a prior conviction for shooting with intent to kill in 1992 in Oklahoma.  He shot his previous wife’s mother in the face when he tried to get back at his wife for leaving him. 


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