Sunday, June 13, 2010

Williams sentenced to 6.5 years in prison

Florence, AZ - The Pinal County Superior Court on Friday, June 11,
2010, sentenced Royzell Devere Williams to 6.5 years in prison for
improper influence on a public officer a Class 4 Felony.

Williams, 47, was arrested on July 14, 2009, following a month long
investigation by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. He was indicted on
charges of bribery and offering to exert improper influence on a public
officer. Williams was employed as a bailiff at the Pinal County Superior
Court in Florence.

The investigation involved an undercover operation. Williams accepted
$3500 from a victim in exchange for his promise to influence a Superior
Court Judge in a domestic relations case.

He pled guilty to improper influence on a public officer in May 2010.

"Crimes like the ones committed by Williams can shake the public's
trust in the justice system. I will work very hard to preserve and
enhance that sense of trust," said James P. Walsh, Pinal County
Attorney. "

Prichard Platt, Chief Criminal Deputy Pinal County Attorney prosecuted
the case.