Husband sentenced in attempt to murder wife
A South Lake Tahoe man, found guilty of attempting to murder his estranged wife, was sentenced to 13 years in a California state prison last week.
Antonio Williams, 27, broke into his wife’s house through a kitchen window around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 30. Williams went to the house earlier that evening and the victim refused to let him in. Williams’ wife then barricaded her front door with a coffee table before going to bed. The victim told police Williams was angry about a restraining order she had obtained to keep him away from the home. The couple’s domestic problems were ongoing. Williams was taken into custody once before the Aug. 30 attack for violating the restraining order.
According to police reports, Williams attacked his wife when she attempted to call for help. During the struggle he broke a flower pot over her back, choked her until unconsciousness with a television cable wire and bit her numerous times. The victim told police that Williams threatened her with a large kitchen knife. Police were notified after she called a neighbor.
According to Williams’ probation report, he claims he was under the influence of $300 to $400 worth of crack cocaine during the attack. Williams said he had smoked the cocaine at a friend’s house and then went to his wife’s home. Williams told the probation officer, “I was spun out on dope and alcohol.”
In an interview with the probation officer Williams expressed remorse for his actions.
“To tell the truth I really regret what I did,” Williams said. “She came a long way to change her life, and I kept drinking and slipping back to dope. I would cut my arms off if I could go back. I feel real bad about it.”
Williams, whose prior criminal record includes convictions in Georgia and Alabama for forgery, receiving stolen property, and sexual misconduct, must serve 85 percent of the 13 years before he will be eligible for parole. In addition to the charge of attempted murder, Williams was convicted of first-degree burglary, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon. Charges of spousal rape and robbery were dropped.
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