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Crime & Courts

Ottawa robber gets prison

An Ottawa man was ordered to prison Friday for his role in the holdup of a marijuana dealer at gunpoint.

Circuit Judge Cynthia Raccuglia sentenced Gabriel Williams to 30 years in prison. However, with credit for two-and-a-half years Williams spent in custody while his case was pending, and good behavior, he could parole in about 10 years.

Williams, Malcolm Prince and Dustin Dawson plotted to meet a man, under the guise of buying marijuana from him, but with the intent of robbing him, according to police.

On Dec. 11, 2015, they went through with the plan, robbing the man of money and marijuana by threatening him with a .25-caliber pistol. As it turned out, the pistol had no firing pin and could not shoot.

Prince, now 20, is to be released from prison in fall 2021. Dawson, now 29, spent 105 days in jail and is serving a four-year probation term.

At Williams' sentencing Friday, Prosecutor Jeremiah Adams reviewed Williams' criminal record, which includes burglary, vandalism, resisting police, DUI, battery and domestic battery. He has been in prison before.

While Williams was in jail in the robbery case, he was charged with damaging jail property and trying to arrange for inmates leaving jail to harass the robbery victim, so the victim wouldn't cooperate with authorities. Adams declined to pursue those charges, in light of the prison term Williams received for the holdup.

Williams, 31, told Raccuglia he is bi-polar and was not on the proper medicine at the time he pulled the robbery. Now that he is taking the right medicine, he is a much better person. In this regard, Williams' attorney, Matt Mueller, said, "We're almost sentencing a different individual."

Raccuglia took note of Williams' betterment and that he is intelligent, but still found him "manipulative" and a "danger to the public."

Raccuglia further observed Williams touched all the right bases in his statement to her, such as that he was sorry, had a child for whom he wished to care and wanted to continue improving himself, but she suspected he said those things, because he was facing a long prison term.

Raccuglia told Williams his family and friends "think highly of you, but you've done nothing but disappoint them."

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