GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A jury has found a man accused of attacking a jail guard guilty of a string of July 2012 gas station robberies in the Grand Rapids area.
Willie Lee Wilson Williams was convicted Thursday of four counts of armed robbery, one count of assault with intent to rob while armed, one count of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000, and five counts of being a fourth-offense habitual offender.
Williams was arrested on July 27, 2012 after a two-hour standoff at a northeast-side residence. He was accused of five robberies that happened in 45-minute span in the early hours of July 26 at four gas stations and a convenience store in Grand Rapids, Walker and Wyoming.
In September, he allegedly slipped out of his medium-security cell at the Kent County jail, jumped a female guard, and beat and choked her until she lost consciousness. Other inmates came to the guard's rescue, subduing Williams and using the guard's radio to call for help.
In Marhc, Kent County prosecutors offered three different plea deals to Williams. He rejected all of those deals, opting instead to face a jury. That jury heard his case this week and Thursday decided he was guilty of all counts.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced for the robberies on Aug. 15.
Monday, he will go before another jury that will decide whether he is guilty of four counts connected to the attack of the jail guard: assaulting a prison employee, escape from jail through violence, assault with intent to murder and being a fourth-time habitual offender.
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