Memphis basketball signee, Mikey Williams, has pleaded guilty in connection to a shooting outside his California home. This comes after he entered a guilty plea Thursday in connection to the incident earlier this year, according to multiple reports.
Williams, 19, has pleaded guilty to two felony counts (making criminal threats and personal use of a firearm in the commission of a crime), as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. The latter will be dismissed, while the former will be reduced to a misdemeanor upon sentencing (which is set for Aug. 12, 2024) if Williams completes and adheres to a host of conditions, the paper reports.
Part of his guilty plea requires him to complete anger management and gun-safety courses, as well as 80 hours of community service, before his sentencing date. Any criminal offense (outside of a minor traffic violation) could invalidate the deal.
Williams’ attorney, Randy Grossman, told the Union-Tribune Thursday, “He accepts full responsibility for his actions on that night in March. He vows for that never to happen again.”
The next step: What does Mikey Williams’ plea deal mean for Memphis basketball? Here’s everything we know
In a video posted by Overtime on social media Thursday, Williams said he feels good. “All glory to God,” he said. “I’m just happy I made it out this situation. I’m just excited to get back to the (basketball) court.”
It is unclear whether Williams will join the Memphis basketball team this season. In September, the Memphis athletic department announced Williams would not be permitted to be part of the team as long as his legal issues remained unresolved. In a statement on Sept. 27, the athletic department said it would “assess and determine his status with the team” once the legal process had run its course. The release also stated Williams is enrolled in online classes and would remain on the team’s roster.
“They are still very supportive of Mikey,” Grossman told the Union-Tribune. “They believe in him, so we’ll see . . . I don’t know how they’re going to view this now. On the one hand, you could say the case is still pending because he hasn’t been sentenced. On the other hand, he has pled guilty. Maybe they say pleading guilty to a felony disqualifies him currently, but a misdemeanor they don’t have an issue with.”
Williams’ trial had been set to begin Dec. 14.
Williams was facing nine felony charges stemming from a March 27 shooting. Upon his arrest in April, San Diego County authorities said an argument inside Williams’ home escalated when gunshots were fired toward a car as it was driven away with six people inside. The car was hit, but no one inside was injured.
MIKEY WILLIAMS: Trial date set, Puma ends NIL deal with Memphis basketball signee | Report
Williams pleaded not guilty to all of the initial charges.
Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway has voiced continued support for Williams since his arrest.
Grossman told the Union-Tribune that he and Williams’ legal team worked hard to target a date prior to the University of Memphis’ 2024 fall semester. “We designed the sentencing date in the middle of August, a couple weeks before classes start (for the 2024 fall semester),” Grossman said. “This year has already kind of gone on, so whatever their position is, I do believe he will be eligible and ready to play for them next time around.”
Denial of responsibility! Vigour Times is an automatic aggregator of Global media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, and all materials to their authors. For any complaint, please reach us at – [email protected]. We will take necessary action within 24 hours.