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Williams pleads guilty in Obama Club shooting

Published 10:20pm Monday, April 7, 2014

The District Attorney’s office on Monday reached a plea agreement with Charles Williams, who was charged with attempted murder after shooting a man April 17, 2011.
Williams, who has been arrested multiple times for running illegal shot houses in Troy and other parts of Pike County, pleaded guilty to assault second degree, a Class C felony, Monday morning.
Both parties agreed to a 15-year sentence split for time served plus three years probation. Williams served about six months while awaiting trial. Last June, Judge William Hightower reduced Williams’ bond from $100,000 to $50,000
“Based on some of the information we learned while preparing for the case, we felt like this was an acceptable outcome and the victim was in agreement,” said Assistant District Attorney Jon Folmar.
Williams was accused of shooting Damien Alexander Johnson, of Clayton, once in the backside and once in the chest outside an establishment known as the Obama Club, which was located on North Three Notch Street in Troy.
Williams was in possession of a .32-caliber revolver when police arrived and three of the six rounds in the gun had been fired, according to police.  As a convicted felon, he may face federal charges for being in possession of that gun.
Williams has said that he was protecting himself and other people at the Obama Club by firing the weapon.

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