Man Involved In Slaying After Release Gets 45 Years

A man who pleaded guilty in a 2004 slaying that happened after he was released from jail early was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in prison.

Lamar S. Blount and another man were charged in the shooting death of John Williams and the wounding of Williams' brother, Lawrence Williams. Police said the shooting happened Nov. 10 in John Williams' home in the 6100 block of Commodore Drive.

Authorities said John Williams' 4-year-old nephew and 3-year-old niece were asleep in the home when the shooting happened. The children were not injured.

Blount, 19, pleaded guilty to murder.

More than a month before the attack, Blount was in the Marion County Jail on an accusation that he failed to appear for a probation violation hearing. He was released on Oct. 6, 2004, on his own recognizance because of jail overcrowding, the county prosecutor's office said.

Blount was on probation after pleading guilty to cocaine possession in 2003.

A trial for the other man charged in John Williams' death, Adrian Beeler, is scheduled to begin June 5.

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