Star basketball recruit Mikey Williams has pleaded guilty to one felony charge in a gun case but is not expected to face jail time. Williams reached a plea deal and is ordered to complete a gun safety course, attend anger management sessions, and do community service.
Plea Deal and Expected Outcome
Star Memphis basketball recruit Mikey Williams, 19, has pleaded guilty to one felony charge in a gun case. He is not expected to face jail time as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. The plea deal involves Williams completing a gun safety course, attending anger management sessions, and doing 80 hours of community service. The sentencing is scheduled for August 12 in San Diego County Superior Court. If Williams follows the terms of the deal and avoids any criminal offenses, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. Although a judge could sentence Williams to a year in jail, his attorney does not anticipate any jail time.
Negotiations and Court Proceedings
Negotiations regarding Williams’ case reached the highest levels of the District Attorney’s office. Williams had previously faced nine felony counts and up to 30 years in prison, stemming from a shooting at his home on March 17, during which no one was injured. The deal with prosecutors involved Williams pleading guilty to one felony count of making a criminal threat and a special allegation of using a firearm during the threat. In exchange, the other eight counts were dismissed. Williams’ trial had been scheduled for December 14, and a judge would have the discretion to sentence him to a year in jail, although his attorney does not expect any custody time.
Response and School Enrollment
After the plea deal, Williams posted a video on his Instagram account walking away from the courthouse in the San Diego suburb, expressing relief and gratitude. Williams is currently enrolled in online classes at Memphis and remains on the basketball roster, but he does not have access to team facilities or activities. Memphis previously stated that his status with the program would be determined once the court case was resolved. Williams’ attorney also communicated with Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and athletic director Laird Veatch to update them on the negotiations with prosecutors.
Background and Endorsement Deal
Williams, who played at San Ysidro High, was one of the early stars in the name, image, and likeness era. He secured a multiyear deal with Puma for an undisclosed amount in 2021. However, Puma’s relationship with Williams ended earlier this year. Williams had been free on a $50,000 bond since his arrest on April 13. The charges against Williams stemmed from an incident where he was accused of shooting at a car with six people in it at his home in eastern San Diego County.
Defense Argument and Final Remarks
Williams’ attorneys, Randy M. Grossman and Troy Owens, believed it was a defensible case, but they aimed to get Williams back on campus and playing basketball. While no witnesses saw Williams fire a gun, there was testimony that witnesses saw him with a gun and heard him make threats. Williams’ attorney emphasized that no one was injured in the incident, and Williams did not admit to firing the gun but took responsibility and expressed regret for the events. He aims to work hard to regain the trust of the community and those who look up to him.