Saturday, April 29, 2017

Oklahoma: Vincent Williams, 58, arrested last week charged with cruelty to animals, drugs and more

OKLAHOMA -- A 58-year-old Enid man arrested by Enid police last week was arraigned Thursday on four felony charges.

Vincent Williams was charged this week with cruelty to animals, cultivation of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm after former conviction. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the court filings, Williams had five felony drug-related convictions in August 1994.

Williams appeared Thursday before Special District Judge Brian Lovell for arraignment on the charges. Lovell set bond for Williams at $10,000 and ordered him to return to court June 12 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case by Enid Police Department Officer Jacob McKinley, officers were sent April 19 to the 1800 block of East Garriott on a report of a dog being shot.

Officer Jared Brush spoke with a man and his two daughters, who said another man who lives west of their house shot their pit bull, according to the affidavit.

Brush said he was told the dog accidentally got out of the door when the girls came home. The girls said they went to search for the dog and heard a gunshot.

The dog was seen running from 1804 E. Garriott, Williams' residence, and died in the yard next to its home.

McKinley and Officer Michele James spoke with Williams.

"Vincent acted surprised to see us and when asked if (he) had to shoot a animal he stated that he would not do that since he is not even allowed to be around a gun," McKinley wrote. Williams told the officers he heard a gunshot but did not see who fired it.

Police found a shotgun wad in front of Williams' house and again Williams denied having a gun or shooting the dog.

A truck was parked in driveway of the residence and Von Schriltz noted in plain view were two boxes of ammunition in the back seat. Von Schriltz asked Williams about the ammunition found in the back seat of his truck and Williams said he'd forgotten his sister had given it to him earlier that day.

Finally, Williams admitted it and said he had fired a shotgun and killed an animal that was in his front yard. Williams was read his rights and agreed to speak with officers. 

He told police his goats were attacked two weeks ago by a pit bull. 

"He stated that he saw the dog walk in his yard so he walked out of his house, stood on his front porch and shot the dog," according to the affidavit. 

"He said his shotgun was inside the house and also told police he was in possession of approximately a half pound of marijuana in his house," Von Schriltz said. 

James and Sgt. Casey Von Schriltz obtained a search warrant for Williams residence and outbuildings.

Items recovered in the search included six firearms, three pellet guns, 1.1 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, marijuana wax and oils, grow tents, marijuana plants, hundreds of small plastic bags, grow lights, seeds and a dug out, according to the affidavit.

Williams faces one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the cruelty charge, two years to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the cultivation charge, two years to life in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the distribution charge, two to 10 years and one to 10 years in prison on the firearms charges.

(Enid News - April 28, 2017)

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