Williamson Given Maximum Sentence
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 24, 2018
A Powell man was given the maximum sentence this week for the shooting death of his wife in August.
David Williamson appeared in District Court this week before judge Bill Simpson to be sentenced for the incident which took the life of Williamson’s wife, Shirley, to whom he had been married for 36 years.
Williamson had originally been charged with second-degree murder, according to an article in the Cody Enterprise, which carries a minimum 20-year prison term – a plea agreement had minimized the charge to voluntary manslaughter. But Simpson ruled that there were many alternatives available to the defendant besides shooting his wife, and sentenced Williamson to the maximum penalty of 18-20 years.
Williamson had called law enforcement himself after shooting his wife the morning of August 26th, 2017. In court, the Enterprise article reports that he drew a picture of a woman whose mind was failing, and who ultimately begged him to shoot her after she pointed an unloaded gun at him and pulled the trigger.