Green Bay's Tyrone Williams Faces Sentencing On Weapons Charge
Sep. 09, 1996
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Green Bay Packers cornerback Tyrone Williams pleaded no contest Monday to charges stemming from a shooting incident that occurred two years ago.
Williams, a two-time All-Big Eight cornerback at Nebraska, will be sentenced Nov. 19 on a felony charge of unlawfully discharging a firearm and to a misdemeanor assault charge.
His plea reflected a deal with prosecutors who agreed to reduce a second felony firearms charge to a misdemeanor assault.
Police reports said Williams fired two shots into the rear quarter panel of a car driven by University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Brooke Bohac. Kevin Porter, who was then a player for the New York Jets, was a passenger.
The shooting occurred Jan. 30, 1994, in Lincoln.
Williams' attorney, Sean Brennan, said Williams was grateful for the plea agreement.
Lancaster County attorney Gary Lacey said he had not decided whether to make a sentencing recommendation to District Judge Bernard McGinn.
The weapons charge carries a potential penalty of up to five years in prison and-or a $10,000 fine. The misdemeanor assault is punishable by up to one year in jail and-or a $1,000 fine. McGinn also could put Williams on probation.
``I know that he has really done pretty well with his life since that incident occurred,'' Lacey said. ``Our office has traditionally left sentencing up to the judge. I haven't decided if this case is unusual enough to warrant our making any sort of recommendation.''
Williams' trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in Lancaster County District Court.
The agreement allowed a charge of using a firearm to commit a felony to be reduced to the misdemeanor assault.
``It's not a situation where they believed he was trying to hurt another person,'' Brennan said.
Williams appeared in court briefly, then returned to Green Bay, Brennan said.
``Tyrone is very grateful to the county attorney's office for the agreement ... and I'm sure he's not going to disappoint anyone,'' Brennan said. ``He had never been in trouble before the incident and he has not been in trouble since.''
Williams made headlines last year when he played at Nebraska, in part because other players had well-publicized legal problems. Running back Lawrence Phillips, now with the St. Louis Rams, was convicted of a misdemeanor assault for attacking a former girlfriend. Receiver Riley Washington, who chose not to return to Nebraska this season, awaits trial on a charge of attempted second-degree murder.