Sacto 9-1-1
July 17, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Did troubled young man clean up his life?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I used to live a couple doors down from a really nice family on Mack Road. The family had a son who was in and out of trouble and last I heard around 1986 was charged with shooting another boy at a Franklin Boulevard night club. I think his name was James Williams. Is he still causing his family pain and worry, or has he cleaned up his life?
Submitted by: Wondering, Sacramento

ANSWER: In February 1986, James Stanley Williams, 25, was sentenced to 13 years in state prison for the shooting death of 24-year-old Robert Lee Herman.

According to stories in The Bee, Williams was initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

The shooting took place in August 1985 following an argument between Williams and Herman outside the Hawaiian Eye club on Franklin Boulevard.

According to an online roster of current California State Prison inmates, a James Stanley Williams, age 51, is incarcerated at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom.

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