Caro man sentenced for murder attempt on his wife - WNEM TV 5

Caro man sentenced for murder attempt on his wife

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Caro man has been found guilty by a jury after he struck his wife with an ax and tried covering up the crime

William Williams was found guilty last month on six charges, including assault with intent to murder.

Investigators said Williams took an ax and struck his wife in the head while she was sleeping. It happened in May 2017.

Prosecutors said Williams went to work after the attack and didn’t call for help until 14 hours later.

He originally tried to convince police he and his wife were the victims of a home invasion, but eventually confessed to the crime.

Williams had no criminal record prior to the attack on his wife.

Williams will be eligible for parole when he is 100-years-old. In an emotional sentencing on Friday, the judge made it clear she wants Williams to die behind bars.

"The survivor of this act, her family and this community deserve the peace of mind Mr. Williams, that will come from you being incarcerated until you take your final breath," the judge said.

She called his attempt to cover up his brutal assault against his wife laughable and pathetic.

"You chose to go and get the splitting wall and you drove it through her head with such force you shattered her skull and entered her brain," the judge said.

Although his wife survived, she lost her independence. A family member said she can't shower, dress or talk in complete sentences without help.

"With her former life destroyed, she suffers from low-esteem, depression and talks of suicide. Christine must rely on others for everything," a family member said.

Williams read a prepared statement apologizing for what he had done.

Prosecutor Mark Reene called the apology disingenuous. Reene made a heart-felt plea to the judge to put Williams behind bars for a long time.

"The defendant took virtually every aspect of her life from her that she cherished. He never batted an eye doing it and he hasn't lost a moment's sleep about it since," Reene said.

The judge sentenced Williams to 40 to 80 years in prison.

"You will never be free again to make basic choices such as what clothes you wish to wear, what and when you wish to eat, what time you wish to take a shower, what TV program - if any - you choose to watch," the judge said.

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