LETHBRIDGE: An unprovoked attack on a couple in a west side
park last spring, has resulted in a sentence of 50-days for a 20-year old
On April 25th, Samuel Kenton Williams confronted a young couple that he had
never met, as they were walking their dog in Rutgers Park. When they tried to
ignore him and continue walking, Williams shoved the male victim and punched him
in the chest. The victim retaliated, punching Williams in the face, which
prompted Williams to break a glass bottle and attack again.
The brother of the accused, Ryan Williams, then approached the scene and the
two brothers shouted death threats at the couple.
The male victim told his girlfriend to run and he called 911, but dropped his
cellphone as he fought Samuel Williams off.
Both Williams brothers then ran from the scene when they heard sirens, and
they were arrested a short time later.
The defence noted that Williams, who entered pleas of guilty to assault with
a weapon and uttering threats, grew up in a home filled with domestic violence
and stated that the incident was caused by alcohol. He then told the court that
Williams has since given up drinking.
He added that Williams spent 35-days in custody and didn't breach his bail
conditions after being released May 29th.
After hearing that, Judge J. LeGrandeur gave Williams 50 days in jail, but
granted him credit for time and a half served in pre-trial custody, meaning time
served. He added 15-months of probation, but opted not to give Williams a
weapons prohibition, as the defence stated that Williams likes to go
Ryan Williams, who entered a guilty plea to uttering threats and was
sentenced right after the incident, received 30-days.