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Man convicted in endangerment case involving shooting

By Adam Dodson
The Selma Times-Journal

A Dallas County man will be behind bars following his conviction on reckless endangerment charges by a Dallas County Jury Thursday. Judge Collins Pettaway presided over the case.
The conviction of Andre Williams stems from a 2013 incident involving alcohol and a gun.

According to witness testimony, she (the witness) and another friend met up with a group to drink and hang out around 11 p.m. the night of July 13, 2013.

After midnight, the group needed more beer, and the witness and her friend gave $20 to the car Williams was in. After a large delay in their return, the friend accompanying the witness grew angry at Williams and others in the car. Following an argumentative confrontation between he and Williams, which included her friend grabbing a jack iron, the witness realized Williams was armed with a firearm.

Upon this realization, the witness tried to convince the friend to get back in the car, but would not. Williams repeatedly slapped the man and put the gun in his face.
After convincing him to return to the car, he and the witness drove away, with gun shots going off behind them as they fled. Upon returning to the home of the witness’ parents, she called the police and realized there was a bullet hole above the left taillight and another in the passenger window of her Chevy Tahoe. There was also glass from where Williams threw beer bottles at the car as it was driving away. The witness did not know Williams at the time of the incident.

The next day, Williams approached the witness at her place of work, asking her where his phone was.

“B***h, where is my phone,” Williams reportedly asked the witness.

She was the only one in the store at the time, and noticed Williams was carrying a firearm. When a customer walked into the store, Williams looked at the witness and said “Okay, I got something for you.” He then left the store.

After the conviction, the next step in the process is sentencing. According to District Attorney Michael Jackson, he will be sentenced in around three months following a pre-sentencing investigation.

Jackson was pleased with the ruling.

“It’s another gunslinger off the street,’ Jackson said.

It is unknown whether Williams received a misdemeanor, which has a 6-month maximum limit, or a felony, which would be even longer.