Felon Convicted of Illegal Possession of Firearm, Arming Allegation
DATE: April 15, 2022
CASE: David Lee Williams (Case #19FE004842)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Sanders, Felony Trial Unit
David Lee Williams was convicted by a jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a personal arming allegation found true. Williams was also convicted of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.
On February 9, 2019, Williams rented a car and agreed to return it that same day. When Williams failed to return the car, the rental business made multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact him. On March 13, 2019, the rental manager contacted law enforcement and it was reported as stolen. On March 15, 2019, a sheriff’s deputy identified the stolen car and a traffic stop was conducted. Williams was the driver of the car and was detained without incident. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .45 caliber handgun with one round in the chamber and a magazine containing three .45 caliber rounds. The car passenger stated that when deputies pulled Williams over, he pulled a gun out from behind the seat and asked her to hide the gun. Other items found in the car included approximately 3.4 grams of methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe, identification cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, bank cards and checks in the names of other people.
Allegations that Williams has a prior 2007 and 2003 strike conviction for assault with a firearm will be determined at the sentencing hearing.
Williams faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for June 24, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 26 before the Honorable Shama Mesiwala.