Greensboro suspect sentenced to life in prison

Published 9:21 am Monday, April 8, 2019

A Greensboro resident was sentenced to life in prison and 15 years for attempted murder of a co-defendant.

Circuit Court Judge Don McMillian sentenced JaPaul Williams, 25, to life in prison and 15 years on Friday.

Williams, 25, was found guilty of murder in the death of seven-year-old DeCorrin Johnson by a Hale County jury on Jan. 28. He was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting at Lavares Jackson, 39.

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According to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Jackson, DeCorrin was caught in a crossfire of a gunfight on Sept. 6, 2014. Williams and Jackson fought over a woman outside a trailer near Greensboro High School when they both pulled guns and shot at each other. DeCorrin was struck in the neck and died while being airlifted to a Birmingham hospital.

Williams initially was charged with capital murder, but the jury convicted him of the reduced charge of murder.

“This little boy had his life snuffed out by these gunslingers,” Jackson said. “We are glad that the Judge gave him the maximum sentence.”