Williams Sentenced For Felony Property Destruction
Bin Christopher Williams will spend 1.5 to 3.5 years in prison for his conviction on a felony property destruction charge.
"His prior criminal record is absolutely terrible," Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins said during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Williams went on a PCP- and alcohol-fueled rampage on Sept. 12 when he was observed driving his red pickup erratically on Wyoming Boulevard and Interstate 25, according to court records.
Evansville police began pursuing him, and Casper police joined the chase when he entered city limits. Williams turned around, and drove back towards Evansville where he rammed an Evansville police vehicle.
Police laid spike strips, which blew all four of the tires on Williams' car.
But he kept driving until he crashed near Mystic Circle and was arrested. Police found him incoherently asking if he were dead and in heaven.
Williams, 46, was initially charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and three misdemeanors. He later pleaded guilty to one count of felony property destruction.
Wednesday, Williams' mother told the court that her son has improved his life. "He has worked hard at becoming a changed man."
But Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen called Williams' actions egregious, saying he rammed an occupied police car during the chase, and the court needed to consider that with his previous criminal history.
Public defender Rob Oldham said that he's known and represented Williams for a long time and he's changed. "This time I've seen a completely different man," Oldham said.
He asked Sullins to not sent Williams to the penitentiary, but give him a long probation.
The more than $5,000 in damage to the police car was mostly covered by insurance, Oldham added.
Williams himself told Sullins he knows he has a lengthy criminal history and that he's an alcoholic and an addict. "I take full accountability for what I've done."
But that didn't sway the judge, who referred to a previous felony and five violations of probation.
"I think Mr. Williiams and his mother believe he is sincere," Sullins said.
But that sincerity paled compared to Williams' five-page rap sheet, he said before handing down the sentence of 18 months to 42 months in the Wyoming State Penitentiary.