LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A ruthless killer who at the age of 15 gunned down a mother in front of her 2-year-old daughter during a purse snatch robbery, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Kevin Williams Jr., who is now 17 and has been called a menace to society by prosecutors, received the sentence in a Little Rock court after pleading guilty to avoid a possible death sentence.
“I hope you use the rest of your life to ponder what you’ve taken and to understand what you’ve taken can never be replaced,” Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said after imposing sentence, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Prosecutors said Williams shot and killed 27-year-old Eunice Lopez Garcia in front of her home in January 2016, as she walked out carrying her toddler and her purse.
He was among a group of four teens who tried to steal her purse, causing her to drop her child. Police said Williams then shot her in her stomach and fled with the purse.
Investigators quickly caught up to some of Williams’ accomplices, who immediately fingered him as the gunman. Police say he eventually confessed.
The teens were later charged with an August 2015 holdup in which a couple were ambushed with their 2-year-old son in the driveway of their home. During the robbery, one of the suspectes punched the child and pistol-whipped the father.
Williams was also charged in the robbery of a maintenance worker at a mobile home park, but the charges were dropped as part of the plea deal.