Harford County Drug Dealer Sentenced to Life in Prison

May 16, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Gary B. Williams, age 28, of Abingdon, Maryland , today to life in prison, after he was convicted by a jury in December 2007 on two counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of distribution of more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. In a written opinion filed by Judge Quarles, he found that Williams’ conduct resulted in the death of a cooperating witness, Robin Welshons and found that the life sentence was appropriate based on Williams’ criminal history, the nature of the offense and his involvement in the murder of a witness to avoid conviction for that offense.

According to testimony at his trial, a cooperating witness purchased cocaine from Williams in October and November 2005 and purchased 53.8 grams of crack cocaine from Williams on November 17, 2005. The purchases were observed by law enforcement, as well as surreptitiously recorded by the cooperating witness. The cooperating witness was identified at trial as Robin Welshons. Ms. Welshons was shot and killed on February 8, 2006, at the motel where she was living.

Evidence presented at Williams’ sentencing hearing showed that at 11:30 p.m. on February 7, 2006, Williams had obtained a .357 handgun from a family member and told that person that he was going to “take care of” Welshons. Shortly after Ms. Welshons murder on February 8, 2006, Williams advised the family member from whom he had obtained the gun to dispose of the remaining .357 cartridges and the gun holster. Bullet fragments recovered from Welshon’s body were consistent with those of a .357 revolver. Several witnesses also advised law enforcement that Williams had ordered that Welshons be killed to prevent her from testifying at trial.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Aberdeen Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted the case.



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