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January 25, 2015

Anniston man gets life sentence on attempted murder charges

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Brandon Omar Williams

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:37 pm | Updated: 8:15 pm, Wed Jul 23, 2014.

An Anniston man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole because he tried to kill a Hobson City man in 2013.

Calhoun County Circuit Judge Bud Turner on Wednesday read his decision to Brandon Omar Williams, 27, who chose not to make a statement to Turner before receiving his sentence.

Williams on May 14 was found guilty by a Calhoun County jury for attempting to murder Kendrell Damon Williams on May 20, 2013.

Williams and Terrell Montez Batchelor Sr., 27, were indicted Aug. 16 on charges of attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied building, according to court records.

Deputies with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office on May 20, 2013 responded to a shooting on the 300 block of Wilkerson Drive in Hobson City. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Batchelor knocked on the door of the victim’s home while Williams hid. The victim opened the door and was shot in the eye by Williams, the Sheriff’s Office told The Star at the time.

Batchelor’s cell phone was found at the crime scene, which led investigators to the suspects.

Calhoun County assistant district attorney Randy Moeller asked Turner to sentence Williams to life without parole because of Williams’ numerous previous convictions, which include charges of drug possession and third-degree burglary.

The victim was blinded in one eye as a result of the shooting, Moeller said.

Williams’ attorney, Christopher Albert, responded that none of those earlier convictions were for violent crimes, and asked that Turner to give his client life with the possibility of parole.

Batchelor was released from jail on bond on Feb. 24, and his case is to go to trial Aug. 18, court records show.

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