Man found guilty for violent home invasion
A jury found Richard William Williams guilty of three counts of kidnapping Friday after a third trial for a home invasion in 2009.
Williams, 44, along with Bobby Samuel Matthews III, burst into a home on Jan. 15, 2009, and duct-taped three men around their wrists, ankles and mouths, said Durham County Assistant District Attorney Roger Echols.
"One of the victims was cut very badly in his calf, through his calf to the bone," Echols said.
He was also cut three times on his shoulder and was hit in the side of the head with either a gun or a knife, Echols said.
"He had a pretty big gash, and he lost his hearing in one ear," Echols said.
Another victim was cut on top of his wrist.
Matthews, 37, was convicted May 4, 2011, of multiple charges including kidnapping, robbery possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and he is serving a maximum term of eight years and nine months in prison.
However, when Williams was tried, the jury found him guilty of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm, but it could not reach a verdict on the other charges.
Williams went on trial again for the other charges, which included three counts of kidnapping, and the jury found him guilty, but court officials learned later that a juror had done independent research on the case, which caused the convictions from the second trial to be thrown out, resulting in a third trial this past week in Durham County Superior Court.
On Friday, a jury returned guilty verdicts for three counts of first-degree kidnapping and one county of misdemeanor breaking and entering. The jury found him not guilty of two counts of robbery with a firearm.
Based on his previous record, a judge sentenced Williams to three consecutive sentences of 11 years to 15 years for a minimum total of 33 years in prison, Echols said.