Pair in Towson Mall Shooting Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Frank Theodore Williams and William Ward III were convicted in a September trial

A Baltimore County judge said Friday that each of the two men convicted in a fatal Towson shooting last December should spend the "balance of his natural life" behind bars.

Judge Robert E. Cahill sentenced Frank Theodore Williams, 32, of Baltimore Highlanda and William Ward III, 45, of Baltimore to life without parole for the first-degree murder conviction as a result of their roles in the fatal December shooting at Towson Town Center.

"Wherever life takes either of these defendants ... there will be violence, brutality and bloodshed," Cahill said in handing down his sentence.

During the hearing, prosecutor Robin Coffin read from a letter from an aunt of Pridget, which described the slain teen as a boy who faced many challenges, including his mother's death four years prior, but had so much potential. She described the crime as a "senseless, violent act committed when they were going about their business, doing something as innocent as Christmas shopping."

Mall surveillance video shown during the trial showed Ward, Williams, alleged gunman Tyrone Brown and accomplice Jermell Brandon communicating by cell phone as they followed Pridget through the mall on Dec. 19. Brandon, who struck a plea deal with prosecutors, testified that the shooting was gang-related and that it was retailiation for Pridget allegedly shooting Williams' cousin.

"Whether or not that's true, Rodney Pridget deserved a trial," Coffin said. "They cared not that the execution was six days before Christmas in one of the most crowded malls in this county. They cared not. They were the law."

In the sentencing hearing, Coffin also discussed both men's extensive criminal records. For Williams, that includes drug convictions, a conviction for conspiracy to commit robbery in 1993 and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer in 2009, for which he was paroled in January of 2011. William Ward was found guilty of several robberies in the 1980s and 1990s, including three in 1997, for which he was paroled after five years of a 15-year sentence.

Since then, friends called by his defense said in the sentencing hearing, he had been an active member of his church and his community, mediating disputes and acting as a father figure for teens.

"He had a positive impact and a big impact in his community," said Ward's attorney, Michelle Moodispaw.

Coffin also said Williams, while in the Baltimore County Detention Center before his trial, went from cell to cell with another prisoner and threatening other inmates as part of an apparent prison gang.

Neither defendant opted to say anything on his behalf. Moodispaw and Hoss Parvizian, Williams' public defender, both said they intend to appeal.

Cahill also issued a suspended sentence on handgun use in a violent crime and conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

Al Day October 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I prefer torture myself.
Da truth October 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM
HAHAHA.....all you Democratic county voters dont being to weep and cry when your City brothern who your send so much of your tax money to "help" come into your nice little mall and cause all kinds of problems. But D's are probably too narrow minded to make that connection. I can all but promise you these guys were on government assistance be it food stamps, free housing, free cell phone, or disability. Keep voting for these government assistant minded politicians who continue to steal from one neighborhood to "help" another one....but dont cry to me when your "nice area" gets infested.
BlutAusNord October 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I agree wholeheartedly.Career criminals such as these 2 savages need to be removed from society permanently.The liberals embrace everybody below themselves the elite as people who need a fair chance in life.But we all make our choices in life,you either do right or wrong.We have created a whole new section of society called victims of their surroundings.Many people deal with life as it gets thrown at them.The democrats choose to blame everyone else for these "peoples"woes.On your feet or on your knees,if life is that hard then do the world a favor by leaving it.
Blue Alpha October 14, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I expect
Parkvillehoney October 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The Baltimre City brothers can come into Baltimore County and commit crimes. Problem for the brothers are the judges and citizens aren't going to fall for their hard luck stories of a poor upbringing. If I am on a jury, if you do the crime, you do the time. I will also call the police if I see any suspicious people in my hood. Don't snitch doesn't work in my hood. Reporting crime works.


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