February 23, 2024
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Mikey Williams of San Ysidro (1) drives to the basket throughout the Hoophall Traditional highschool basketball recreation between Christopher Columbus and San Ysidro on Jan. 14, 2023 at Blake Area. (Photograph by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

Ex-San Ysidro Excessive College basketball star Mikey Williams pleaded responsible Thursday to a single depend of constructing legal threats in reference to allegations that he opened fireplace on a automotive occupied by a gaggle of individuals exterior his Jamul dwelling.

Williams, 19, who beforehand confronted round 30 years in jail if convicted of all costs stemming from the alleged March 27 taking pictures, now would possibly solely carry a misdemeanor conviction on his file.

Williams can have the legal threats depend decreased to a misdemeanor if he doesn’t violate any legal guidelines and completes 80 hours of volunteer work, anger administration and gun security programs by his scheduled Aug. 12 sentencing date. He won’t be allowed to personal a firearm and a 10-year gun restriction will even be imposed on Williams at sentencing.

Ought to he not abide by these phrases, he might nonetheless face a most potential sentence of 13 years in jail for the legal threats depend and an allegation of personally utilizing a firearm. Nevertheless, lately retained protection lawyer Randy M. Grossman mentioned he doesn’t count on Williams will face any custody.

“Mikey accepted duty for his actions. He’s shared with me that he regrets what went down that night time, that it might not occur once more sooner or later and he needs he might change the way in which issues occurred,” Grossman mentioned. “He was an 18-year-old child and he felt threatened and he responded in an inappropriate method. However, he accepts what he did as fallacious and he vows to maneuver ahead.”

Williams was dedicated to play on the College of Memphis, however the faculty’s athletic division beforehand publicly acknowledged that he wouldn’t be allowed to affix the basketball crew till his case was resolved.

Grossman mentioned Williams has been taking on-line courses on the college within the interim.

“(Memphis) Coach (Anfernee) Hardaway has been very supportive of Mikey Williams and has continued to stay supportive, as has Memphis, however it’s as much as the college and it’s their resolution when they are going to allow him to really attend courses on campus,” Grossman mentioned.

Prosecutors alleged Williams bought into an argument with a gaggle of people that arrived at his dwelling unannounced simply earlier than midnight.

At a preliminary listening to held earlier this 12 months, three juveniles testified that Williams threatened them.

When the group departed in a automotive, prosecutors alleged Williams opened fireplace on their car. Not one of the six individuals within the car was hit by the gunfire, however the automotive sustained two gunshots to the trunk and two to the again windshield, in keeping with testimony.

Not one of the witnesses who testified acknowledged they really noticed Williams open fireplace on the car, although a few of the witnesses mentioned they noticed him holding a gun. Witnesses additionally testified that nobody within the group who arrived at Williams’ home was armed or made any threats towards him.

Following Williams’ change of plea listening to on the El Cajon courthouse, Deputy District Legal professional George Modlin mentioned, “Circumstances are individually checked out. There isn’t a rubber stamp for any kind of case, however once we seemed into the main points of Mr. Williams’ age, lack of legal file, every thing that befell that night time, each side bought collectively and labored actually onerous and got here up with a decision that we each believed creates justice for Mr. Williams and the group, retains the group secure and creates the right safeguards.”

Williams has remained out of custody on $50,000 bail all through the case.

Up to date at 12:50 p.m. Nov. 30, 2023

–Metropolis Information Service