Williams sentenced 50 years with no parole

by | August 1, 2012 4:31 pm

   Anthony Williams was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Judge Bobby Reeves  on Wednesday, August 1, for the Calvary United Methodist Church fire. He was sentenced as follows: Count 1, Arson – 20 years; Count 2, burglary – 20 years (consecutive to count 1); Count 3, criminal damage to property – 10 years (consecutive to count 2). Williams received a total of 50 years to serve with no possibility of parole. 

   Pastor Nick Hazelton of Calvary made a statement in court that there were many losses beyond the building, including memories of weddings, funerals and much more.

    “Our local law enforcement, including the Swainsboro Police Department, Swainsboro Fire Department, and Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, did an excellent job with the investigation. This resulted in a verdict of guilty on all charges,” stated District Attorney Hayward Altman.

   Calvary United Methodist Church in Swainsboro was consumed by fire in the early hours of September 29, 2011. Investigation at the scene led law enforcement to suspect arson, and Williams, along with Steven Tyrone Davis, were arrested. Sentencing for Davis has not yet been set.

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