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.

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Ignore the attention baby.
Don't feed into the race baiting. We're all here for the same reason and it doesn't fit his agenda.


These damn Liberals are absolutely destroying our way of life here in America and everywhere else. When will people start understanding their way of "doing things" is to put it simply not working. This stupid ass judge should be fired for choosing to let this punk ass out. If it wasn't an LEO involved murder I'm sure the media would have barely covered it if not at all. I think a big part of the judges decision to let him out for so little bail is because our prisons/jails are filled to the brim with scum. We should be shipping these little bastards to a massive offshore prison where we can make them work for their food, clothing, and healthcare. Other countries do this and its been proven to work at little operating costs. It all comes down to the bottom dollar unfortunately. Maine prisons are just not equipped to hold so many liberal assholes. Yes Liberal. All of these bastards leach off the system while hanging out all day doing drugs. Things need to change! Fire that damn Judge!


These judges who lower the bail should be held responsible in some way for any part of a murder committed. Lowering bails and feeling sorry- nope. It's not an eye for an eye. It's justice.
Sue the hell out of them and take everything they have!


Yes, race card. I'd love to meet a brown druggie with multiple weapons charges getting off with a light sentence.