Kenneth Brandon Williams, who recently received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison, pleaded guilty to related state charges Friday in Glynn County Superior Court.
Williams, 34, pleaded to aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges stemmed from an October 2017 incident in which Williams failed to stop for police on U.S. Highway 17, and later fled on foot before he was arrested.
In April, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and a lesser-included charge of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine. According to statements made in both federal and superior court, Williams had around two pounds of meth and a significant amount of marijuana — parceled out for distribution — in his vehicle.
According to police statements from the time of the incident and remarks made in court, Glynn County Police Department Officer David Sepanski ran the registration on Williams’ vehicle and found it wasn’t current and that the vehicle wasn’t ensured. Sepanski attempted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 17, near Exit 29 of I-95, but Williams turned into a gas station parking lot and fled, keeping one firearm on him and leaving the other in the vehicle with the meth and marijuana.
During the chase, Sepanski deployed his Taser, but it didn’t fully connect, and it appeared Williams raised his firearm in a threatening manner. Williams’ attorney in federal court said that was because of a muscle spasm from the Taser, and that Williams was trying to toss the gun aside.
Regardless, Sepanski then drew his gun and shot Williams multiple times. Williams was helicoptered to Shands UF Health hospital and later recovered.
For his state plea, Williams received a sentence of 20 years in prison and another 25 on probation. That sentence will run concurrent with his federal sentence.