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Repeat Offender whose partner was killed during get-away attempt sentenced to 25 years

Lexington, SC (Staff Writer) - James Lee Williams, age 30, was sentenced to 25 years for Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, Armed Robbery, and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime yesterday in Lexington County. The Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature occurred during the night on January 18, 2016, on Fox Trot Trail in the Pelion area of Lexington County. Williams unlawfully entered a residence on Fox Trot Trail, stabbed the victim and shocked him with a pink stun-gun. Williams then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

Around 4:00 AM on January 19, 2016, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department responded to an armed robbery call at the 44 Truck Stop located at 2120 Pond Branch Road in Gilbert. The surveillance video showed a white male wearing a black bandanna, striped glove, and a black hoodie jacket, presenting a knife and a stun-gun to threaten the cashier. Williams took approximately $300 from the cash register. Williams then fled the scene in a black Honda Civic.

Law enforcement later observed a vehicle matching the suspect’s car near the 4500 block of Calks Ferry Road and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop and a high speed chase ensued for approximately 2.5 miles. The driver ultimately lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree on Harvey Berry Road. The driver died at the scene from injuries suffered in the crash. Williams was found in the vehicle wearing a black hoodie jacket and a black bandanna. A black folding knife, striped glove, pink stun-gun, and a large amount of cash were recovered from Williams’ pockets. These items tied him to the robbery at the 44 Truck Stop and the stabbing on Fox Trot Trail.

Williams was previously sentenced to 11 years in 2007 for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Richland County. He was released from prison in October of 2015.

Circuit Court Judge Grace G. Knie imposed the sentence. Assistant Solicitor Casey Rankin handled the prosecution of this case for the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The case was investigated by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

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