A man who was released from prison in Florida over coronavirus fears went and committed a murder the day after he was released back into the public.
“According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 26-year-old Joseph Edward Williams for a homicide that happened in Tampa, Florida on March 20,” WBTV reported. “He is facing a second-degree murder charge along with resisting an officer with violence, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
Williams was released with over 100 other inmates from the Hillborough County Detention Center on March 19th in fear that the coronavirus could be spreading throughout the prison.
Sheriff Chad Chronister made the following statement when announcing Williams arrest:
“There is no question Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of jail awaiting resolution of a low-level, non-violent offense. Every murder, every violent crime, especially those involving a gun, is a sickening example of the worst in our community, especially at a time when our community is working relentlessly to fight against the spread of this deadly COVID-19.”
Democrats have been pushing for prisons to release as many inmates as possible due to the spread of coronavirus.
In March, Jerry Nadler, who is the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, demanded AG Barr "do the right thing" and immediately order the removal of "medically-compromised" and elderly inmates from prison.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez penned a letter to Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio asking them to release prisoners over the age of 50 currently serving a sentence of a year or less or serving time for a parole violation at Rikers Island.
She also asked the governor to grant clemency to senior citizens serving time, starting with those who have already spent at least 15 years or more behind bars.
Maybe now Democrats will realize that releasing these inmates back into society isn't the best idea. (ht Daily Wire)