Commonwealth v. Joseph Larry Williams; Felon Sentenced to 10 Years for Shooting at Man in Hotel Parking Lot

Monday, November 14, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Joseph Larry Williams, age 39, of the 400 block of Duplin Street in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced for Malicious Wounding (Attempt), Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon (Violent).  Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley sentenced Williams to 18 years in prison with eight (8) years suspended leaving ten (10) years to serve. 

Williams pled guilty on July 30, 2016. A jury heard evidence in Williams' case and reached a verdict, but Williams pled guilty before the jury verdict was announced.  The Commonwealth presented evidence that in the early morning hours of June 14, 2014, Joseph Williams shot at a man in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge on Northampton Boulevard in Virginia Beach.  The victim was visiting friends at the hotel and was walking to another hotel room at around 5:30 a.m.  Williams was the passenger in a car that drove by the victim.  Williams got out of the car and asked the victim if there was a problem.  The victim did not know Williams and did not have a problem with him.  Williams displayed a firearm, and the victim walked into a hotel room.  A few minutes later, the victim and his friends left the hotel room.  Again Williams approached the victim and began to threaten him.  As the victim ran away, Williams fired the gun at him.   The victim was unharmed and did not see Williams again. 

Police received calls about the shooting and were provided with a description of a vehicle fleeing the scene. Williams' girlfriend was later identified as the driver.  Officers followed the vehicle onto I-64 West, and they saw Williams, who was the passenger, throw a gun out the window. It was later found by a forensics technician.  Williams fled the vehicle when it crashed in Norfolk.  Officers found him hiding in a dumpster and took him into custody. 

Williams has prior convictions for Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Illegal Gambling, Marijuana Possession, Larceny from the Person, Resisting Arrest, Eluding Police, Assault, and Conspiracy. He also has multiple traffic violations, probation violations, and an extensive juvenile record. ​

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