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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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Blackbird007
Chicago isn't even the murder capitol of America. How do you calculate murder capital of the world?

And the strict gun laws don't even equate in Illinois. Illinois criminals get their guns from Indiana, which has very, very lax gun laws.

Blackbird007
Blackbird007

Happens all the time in Chicago. Blacks are never charged the way they should be for having illegal weapons. If they put them in jail for the time they are suppose to get Chicago wouldn't be the murder capital of the world..And they have the strictest gun laws to keep them out olf the hands of law abiding citizens.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The number of blacks in Maine has no bearing on a white multiple weapons offending drug addict getting a light sentence.

djaznh
djaznh
 Black    1.3% Maine population so I don't believe so.  The judges own this one.   Our judiciary needs to get behind our LEO and citizens. 
No. 26-48
FSchloss
FSchloss

I suggest that HCD is really only remarkably common, like dirt on a floor, and that he be ignored and ostracized from here on out.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

the judges acted so stupidly, it is unbelievable----now the creep that supposedly killed cop, is no where to be seen---will the judges like to go to the family of the cop and to tell it was their fault----

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@61mouse
Yes, race card. I'd love to meet a brown druggie with multiple weapons charges getting off with a light sentence.

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

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!

Dillface
Dillface

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!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

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.

61mouse
61mouse

Race card really ........ Someoneshouldbe checking these judges offshore bank account .......and let me open your mind blacks have been let off as well as illegals

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@61mouse
Apparently his low bail, despite his crimes, is surprising to a lot of you. Allow me to shed light.

He had such a low bail because he is white.

61mouse
61mouse

Shoot first and roll in a hole then ask questions

61mouse
61mouse

Families need to start going after these judges and sue ..... I know I would go after them . And check the bank accounts of all these judges who are setting low bail , or allowing bail in the first place

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@gfc1963
Then you should lobby or protest to keep meth-head druggies in jail longer.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CowGurlUP
The judge's political leaning probably had nothing to do with it. But he probably gave him a lighter bond because "he's a real good kid, he probably won't do nothing."
(people in Hell want ice water. Maybe more thoughts and prayers will make me leave)

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

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)

gfc1963
gfc1963

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.

Crystaltiger
Crystaltiger

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.

wenchywytch
wenchywytch

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!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

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

stupidisasstupiddoes
stupidisasstupiddoes

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..........

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