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Judges Lowered Killer's Bond So He Could Bail Out Before Murdering Deputy

Police had John Williams in custody for a litany of weapons charges, but the court let him walk free.

Norridgewock, Maine – A man suspected of murdering a Maine sheriff’s deputy and stealing his patrol vehicle on Wednesday morning was out on bond from earlier weapons charges, after two judges lowered his bail twice.

John Williams, 29, is currently the subject of a nationwide manhunt, after he allegedly shot and killed Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. in Skowhegan, the North Andover Patch reported.

Williams fled in the slain officer’s patrol vehicle, which was later found abandoned in Norridgewock at approximately 5 a.m.

Williams was suspected of robbing a Cumberland Farms store. Dashcam footage from Cpl. Cole’s patrol vehicle captured images of Williams as he entered and exited the store.

The suspected cop-killer had been behind bars on Mar. 22, after Massachusetts State Police spotted two vehicles parked in the I-495 breakdown lane.

Williams, whose vehicle had gone off of the roadway, told the officers he had fallen asleep while he was driving, but denied having consumed illegal drugs or alcohol, KTUU reported.

He was found in possession of a 9mm handgun, as well as a 16-round magazine.

Investigators also located containers with a powder residue, as well as a short straw and a razor blade - all of which were items commonly used to ingest narcotics.

Williams was charged with improper storage of a firearm, possession/carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, marked lanes violation, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, the North Andover Patch reported.

Prosecutors asked the court to hold him on $10,000 bond, but Judge Michael Patten set his bail at just $7,500.

During a bail review hearing five days later, Judge Timothy Feeley lowered Williams’ bond further, to just $5,000, despite the court’s notation that Williams did not have ties to the community, according to court documents.

Jason Law posted a copy of the bail documents which state, “The court has not considered the defendant’s alleged dangerousness in setting the amount of bail.”

On Mar. 31, Williams made bail, and was released from custody. His probable cause hearing for the earlier offenses was scheduled for Wednesday morning – the same morning that Cpl. Cole was murdered.

Williams was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and is approximately 120 pounds. He has blue eyes, and brown hair, and a full beard, WCSH reported.

His whereabouts are unknown, and he should be considered heavily armed.

Please share his photo on social media so that he has nowhere to hide.

48 Responses

  • CowGurlUP

    Apr 26, 2018

    Another senseless MURDER of a LEO by another fucking liberal judge I’m sure!

  • hampshire

    Apr 26, 2018

    Agreed. Judge nutter

  • Chiefcomp

    Apr 26, 2018

    He was appointed by Gov. Devel Patrick, a democrat. So I will guess that he is a democrat. He has blood on his hands

  • stupidisasstupiddoes

    Apr 26, 2018

    Meanwhile. Let's make more stringent "feel good" gun laws that only law abiding citizens will obey. Then let's be lax with adherence to existing gun laws against the very criminals that won't obey any laws. Stupid is as stupid does..........

  • b1rd

    Apr 26, 2018

    Sounds about right for these days. Kinda of like giving a crazy guy's dad his guns back so he could give them back to his crazy son with no repercussions.

  • Hi_estComnDenomn

    Apr 26, 2018

    @CowGurlUP The crazy white guy killed the cop (again...), not the judge.

  • wenchywytch

    Apr 26, 2018

    What a bunch of stupid ass judges! They have NO BUSINESS being a judge! Sounds like our stupid assholes here in Kingman courts. Pot gets ya like, but kill someone or deal hard ass drugs, get a slap on the hand and let go, on probation and/or an ankle bracelet. SMDH Pardon my French, but this just pisses me the hell off!

  • Crystaltiger

    Apr 26, 2018

    You stated it perfectly !! Especially NOW in this day and age and with everyone screaming for gun control or stricter gun laws. What good are they going to do if people are not punished for breaking the laws we already have !! This just gives the liberal nutcases more reason to scream. Biden: We need more gun laws because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have, pretty much sums up their lack of intelligence regarding anything.

  • gfc1963

    Apr 26, 2018

    And here you are again! The judge let that scumbag out on low bail so in a way he did kill that cop. If that scumbag had been in jail as he shold be that officer would be alive.

  • CowGurlUP

    Apr 26, 2018

    yes the crazy white guy dis kill the cop but would the cop be dead today if the libtard judge hadn’t let him out! ( I was hoping you were gone)

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