26-year-old man in Florida ‘commits murder’ a DAY after being released from prison early to help prevent coronavirus spread
- Joseph Williams, 26, was arrested for heroin possession and drug attributes on March 13
- Hillsborough County released 164 low-risk prisoners on March 19 to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus to wardens and personnel
- On March 20, the police were called to the site of the 8000 block of Ash Avenue in Tampa, where a man had been shot.
- Police arrested Williams on Monday for first-degree murder
- Williams has 35 charges on his criminal record, including a conviction for breaking a vacancy in 2012 and a criminal with a firearm in 2018
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Joseph Williams, 26, was arrested for possession of heroin and drug attributes on March 13, but was detained on Monday with no suspicion of murder.
A Florida man was arrested on suspicion of a murder just one day after he was released from prison to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Joseph Williams, 26, was initially booked on March 13 in the Orient Road Jail for possession of heroin (less than four grams), a third-degree crime, and possession of drug attributes, a first-degree crime.
But on March 19, Williams was one of 164 low-risk detainees who were allowed to leave custody after issuing the 2020-018 Administrative Order, allowing people to be released early to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in busy facilities to reduce.
He left Hillsborough County Jail at 8:02 AM, but the next day at 10:40 AM, police were called to the 8,000 block Ash Avenue site in Tampa where a man had been shot.
Williams is believed to be responsible for the first-degree murder.
“There is no doubt that Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of prison pending the resolution of a low level of nonviolent violence,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “That is why I call on the public prosecutor to prosecute this defendant to the fullest extent of the law.”
Just days after Williams went to prison, Chronister had said in a news conference that they released over 100 prisoners for the safety of fellow wardens and personnel.
Early release is a move prisons across the country have chosen to slow the spread of the virus.
Wednesday morning, there were 21,628 confirmed cases in Florida and 571 deaths. Florida is considered to be one of the hot spots in the United States with 615,302 cases and 26,114 deaths.
Hillsborough County released 164 prisoners on March 19 to help prevent the spread of the corona virus to wardens and personnel
But on March 20, police were called to the site of Tampa’s 8000 block on Ash Avenue, where a man had been shot.
“Every murder, every violent crime, especially the one with a gun, is a nauseating example of the worst in our community, especially at a time when our community is relentlessly fighting the spread of this deadly COVID-19,” Chronister said. .
Judges, prosecutors and sheriffs across the country face tough decisions regarding balancing public health and public safety during this health crisis.
Sheriffs in Florida and across our country have released nonviolent, base-doers to protect our deputies and the prison population from an outbreak. Our commitment as an agency is to keep this community safe and to uphold the law. ‘
Data shows that Williams has an extensive rap magazine. He has been arrested in the past on a total of 35 charges.
He was previously convicted of two crimes, including a vacancy burglary in 2012 and a criminal in possession of a firearm in 2018, in addition to five felony convictions.
While Williams got a $ 2,500 bond on last month’s drug charges and was eligible for release, he’s now back in jail with no bond status.
“Every murder, every violent crime, especially the one with a gun, is a sickening example of the worst in our community, especially at a time when our community is relentlessly fighting the spread of this deadly COVID-19,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. He was pictured last month announcing the release of wardens