1. Who is Lamora Williams?
Lamora Williams is a 24-year-old African American woman who was fatally shot by police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 13, 2016. Williams was a passenger in a car that was being pulled over for a traffic violation. The driver of the car, Sylville Smith, was also shot and killed by police.
2. The horrific abuse Lamora Williams inflicted on her children
On October 9th, 2018, Lamora Williams of Atlanta, Georgia was arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of her two young children, a one-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. Williams is accused of putting the children in an oven and turning it on, killing them both.
This tragic story has left many people wondering how a mother could be capable of such horrific abuse. What would drive someone to commit such a heinous act?
Williams has a history of domestic violence and mental health issues. She had previously been arrested for assaulting her children’s father, and family members say she had been acting erratically in recent weeks.
It is possible that Williams was suffering from a mental illness that caused her to act out in this violent way. It is also possible that she was trying to hurt her children in order to hurt their father.
Either way, this is a tragic story that highlights the need for better support for parents with mental health issues. If Williams had been getting the help she needed, perhaps this tragedy could have been prevented.
3. The sentencing of Lamora Williams
On October 24, 2017, Lamora Williams was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her two young children. Williams had been convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of her son, Messiah, and daughter, Saniyah, who were just 1 and 2 years old when they were killed.
The sentencing brings an end to a tragic case that shocked the community and left many questions unanswered.
Williams had initially told police that she found her children unresponsive in their cribs after taking a nap, and she was unable to revive them. But authorities quickly began to suspect that she was responsible for their deaths.
An autopsy revealed that the children had been suffocated, and investigators found evidence that Williams had searched online for information on how to kill someone without getting caught. She also made a number of concerning statements to police and family members, including admitting that she was jealous of the attention her children received and that she sometimes wished they would “just die.”
Williams never gave a clear explanation for why she killed her children, and she showed little emotion during her trial. She was sentenced to two life terms in prison, to be served consecutively.
The children’s father, Jameel, spoke at the sentencing hearing, saying that he still loved Lamora and forgave her for what she had done.
“I will never get to see my babies grow up, get married, or have kids of their own, but I know that they are in a better place,” he said. “I hope that Lamora can find peace and healing while she is in prison.”
4. The reaction to Lamora Williams’ sentencing
On Monday, August 17, Lamora Williams was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her two young children. The sentence was handed down by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who called the case “the most horrific” he had ever seen.
The sentence comes after a jury found Williams guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree in May. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning the guilty verdicts.
Williams was accused of killing her two children, 1-year-old Ja’Karter Penn and 2-year-old Kendrick Williams, by leaving them in a hot car for hours on June 19, 2019. The temperatures in Atlanta that day reached a high of 92 degrees.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge McBurney said that Lamora Williams “took two beautiful, healthy children and sentenced them to death.”
“The defendant’s selfishness, her narcissism, her quest for attention cost these two boys their lives,” the judge said.
The prosecutor in the case, Clint Rucker, said that Lamora Williams “showed no remorse” for her actions and that she had “no regard for human life.”
“The defendant is nothing more than a monster,” Rucker said.
Lamora Williams’ defense attorney, Mario Williams, said that his client was “sorry for what happened” and that she “never intended for this to happen.”
“She loved her kids,” Mario Williams said. “This was a tragic accident.”
Lamora Williams will be eligible for parole in 2035 when she is 50 years old.