had John Williams in custody for a litany of weapons charges, but the court let
him walk free.
Norridgewock, Maine – A man suspected
of murdering a Maine sheriff’s deputy and stealing his patrol vehicle on
Wednesday morning was out on bond from earlier weapons charges, after two
judges lowered his bail twice.
John Williams, 29, is currently the
subject of a nationwide manhunt, after he allegedly shot and killed Somerset
County Corporal Eugene Cole between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. in Skowhegan, the North
Andover Patch reported.
Williams fled in the slain officer’s
patrol vehicle, which was later found abandoned in Norridgewock at
approximately 5 a.m.
Williams was suspected of robbing a
Cumberland Farms store. Dashcam footage from Cpl. Cole’s patrol vehicle
captured images of Williams as he entered and exited the store.
The suspected cop-killer had been
behind bars on Mar. 22, after Massachusetts State Police spotted two vehicles
parked in the I-495 breakdown lane.
Williams, whose vehicle had gone off
of the roadway, told the officers he had fallen asleep while he was driving,
but denied having consumed illegal drugs or alcohol, KTUU
He was found in possession of a 9mm
handgun, as well as a 16-round magazine.
Investigators also located containers
with a powder residue, as well as a short straw and a razor blade - all of
which were items commonly used to ingest narcotics.
Williams was charged with improper
storage of a firearm, possession/carrying a firearm without a license,
possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without
a firearms identification card, marked lanes violation, and negligent operation
of a motor vehicle, the North Andover Patch reported.
Prosecutors asked the court to hold
him on $10,000 bond, but Judge Michael Patten set his bail at just $7,500.
During a bail review hearing five
days later, Judge Timothy Feeley lowered Williams’ bond further, to just
$5,000, despite the court’s notation that Williams did not have ties to the
community, according to court documents.
Jason Law posted a copy of the bail
documents which state, “The court has not considered the defendant’s alleged dangerousness
in setting the amount of bail.”
Here are the court documents that
reduced suspected cop killer John Williams’ bond for gun charges from $7,500 to
$5000 Mar. 27. He was released Mar. 31 and is accused of killing a Maine police
officer this morning. @boston25
On Mar. 31, Williams made bail, and
was released from custody. His probable cause hearing for the earlier offenses
was scheduled for Wednesday morning – the same morning that Cpl. Cole was
Williams was described as 5 feet, 6 inches
tall, and is approximately 120 pounds. He has blue eyes, and brown hair, and a
full beard, WCSH
FBI have released surveillance video photos inside the Cumberland Farms in
Norridgewock of the suspected gunman John Williams.
Police are still currently searching for him. He is armed and dangerous.
His whereabouts are unknown, and he
should be considered heavily armed.
From the looks of it, he is obviously a Meth head. It sure would be nice to see a judge get handed a criminal offense for this lack of judgement. If I serve beer at a house party and someone get's in an accident on the way home I certainly can be brought into the mix of charges, why not a careless judge?
Posted by Sasquatch at 4/26/2018 10:10:42 AM
Hummm, he looks like a young Charles Manson..
Posted by Chevy at 4/27/2018 11:08:17 AM
Michael A. Patten(D)was appointed to the bench by Massachusetts Governor, Deval Laurdine Patrick(D) on August 6, 2014. Patten earned his B.S. from Arizona State University in 1993 and his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1999. Prior to joining the court he was an assistant district attorney in Essex County.