Mt. Vernon man one of 8 people charged in January 2017 shooting death; sentenced Tuesday to 5-years after plea agreement

Mt. Vernon man one of 8 people charged in January 2017 shooting death; sentenced Tuesday to 5-years after plea agreement

A 19-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to 5-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for charges of murder and robbery being dismissed.

Lamar Williams was one of eight people charged in connection with the January 20, 2017 shooting death of 26-year-old Deandray Jackson.

Williams was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in Indiana on Feb. 17, 2017. He was initially considered a person of interest and was initially arrested on a charge of petition to revoke probation from a reckless discharge of a firearm charge. That charge was not related to Jackson’s death.

Williams was subsequently charged with two counts first-degree murder and Class 2 and Class 3 counts of felony robbery.

Those charges were dismissed Tuesday when Williams agreed to plead guilty to a Class 2 felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm that was filed today.

That charge was filed in anticipation of Williams agreeing to the terms of the plea agreement.