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Williams gets life with mercy in 2016 murder

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Antonio Carnell Williams II sits with his lawyer before Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King as he is sentenced Wednesday. A jury convicted Williams of first-degree murder in March.

A mother on Wednesday told the man convicted of murdering her son that she didn’t believe him when he said he was sorry for what happened.

Kimberly Cade told Antonio Carnell Williams II that if he really was remorseful for her son’s death, he would admit his role in it.

“All I wanted was for you to say ‘I’m sorry’ for doing it, but you won’t,” Cade said. “When you’re really sorry about something, you admit you done it first, but you can’t give me that admittance, so I can’t believe you’re sorry.”

After Cade finished talking, Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King sentenced Williams, 27, to life in prison with mercy for his conviction of first-degree murder related to the death of Shannon Cade on New Year’s Day in 2016.

King also sentenced Williams to between two and 10 years in prison for his malicious wounding conviction and five years in prison for his wanton endangerment conviction.

With credit for time served, Williams will be eligible to be considered for parole in about 25 years.

A jury on March 11 convicted Williams of killing 20-year-old Shannon Cade and injuring a 14-year-old girl when he shot through the window of Cade’s home in Charleston’s West Side on Jan. 1, 2016. The same jury recommended King grant him mercy in his prison sentence.

During the sentencing hearing Wednesday, Williams doubled down on his innocence, saying he was “sorry for what happened.”

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Williams said.

Kanawha Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Maryclaire Akers said witness testimony and other evidence presented at the trial clearly showed Williams shot at Cade’s home with the intent to kill another man, whom Williams said was sleeping with his girlfriend.

“That is a non-remorseful man,” Akers said. “He is a criminal. He murdered in cold blood somebody he couldn’t even see because he’s a coward, and he still sits here and lies to you and to all these people and this woman who’s lost her son, who had nothing to do with any of this. It’s disgusting and shameful.”

During the hearing, Williams told King he intends to appeal his conviction to the West Virginia Supreme Court, and he wanted new attorneys before he did so.

King heard a motion from Michael Payne and Kevin Davis, Williams’ court-appointed attorneys, to be removed from the case.

King said he was likely to grant the motion but he needed more time to consider who to appoint to represent Williams.

During the hearing, a woman was asked to leave the courtroom after two outbursts, but when she slammed the door while leaving, King asked his bailiff to take her into custody.

The woman told King she was mad about what was happening to her friend, and King kept the woman in the court’s custody for about an hour before releasing her from custody.

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