FORT WAYNE – As his family talked about how he was a man of honor, an asset to the community and wouldn’t hurt a fly, convicted murderer Ronald Twin Williams looked every bit the gentleman he was being painted to be.
But when a deputy prosecutor asked the judge to sentence him to the maximum, Williams’ eyes flashed instantly cold and all traces of warmth vanished from his face.
In September, an Allen Superior Court jury took about two hours to convict Williams, 27, of murder in the March shooting death of 25-year-old Mark Brian Young Jr.
The two men began arguing on a ride home from a south-side bar and, despite the attempts of others in the car to get them to calm down, the argument escalated and ended with Williams shooting Young multiple times.
Two women in the car that night testified they saw Williams pull up to a house, go inside and come back with his hand in his pocket. Out of that pocket, moments later, he pulled a chrome revolver as he continued to rant over who had more street cred.
The two women fled the car, and both reported hearing gunshots as they were just a few yards away. A neighbor getting up for work witnessed the shooting, seeing one man shoot another man repeatedly as he fell into the street.
About 3:30 a.m. March 15, police found Young’s body in the 3400 block of Reed Street. He was pronounced dead at Lutheran Hospital a short time later, having suffered numerous gunshot wounds.
During Friday’s sentencing hearing, Williams’ family asked for leniency and talked about what a good father he was to his five children, how he had been raised to be respectful and was helpful in his church.
But Young’s family talked about their loss and asked Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull for justice for their loved one.
As she sentenced Williams, she emphasized the senseless nature of the shooting, as well as his prior felony and misdemeanor convictions in both Indiana and Illinois for drug and gun possession.
This was absolutely stupid, about who was slinging more dope in this community, she said.
Though there was no way that Williams could have been sentenced to anything less than 45 years, his family reacted angrily and seemed shocked with the 65-year-prison sentence Gull handed out.
Get the (expletive) out of here, one man shouted as Gull passed her sentence. Williams’ family then began sobbing, wailing, yelling and slamming doors as they were escorted out of the room.
His mother and two other women tried to follow him down the hall as he was led out of the building, but were forced back by deputies.
Williams still faces additional charges of criminal confinement and burglary in a related case. He is accused of breaking into a woman’s home looking for one of the women in the car that night.
Armed with a revolver, he allegedly held the other woman hostage for more than seven hours, refusing to believe the woman he was seeking had moved.
He is scheduled to stand trial on those charges early next year.