March 3rd, 2023 6:30pm
(WGTD) - Racine Circuit Court Judge Robert Repischak sentenced Tamir Williams 35, of Racine, to life in prison Friday, with no chance of ever getting out. Williams was previously found guilty for the 2021 shooting death of 21 year old Andre Sandoval of Racine.
Prior to the sentencing, Sandoval's family members had a chance to address the judge. Maria Sandoval, mother of the victim said, "You killed my son in cold blood, you're a murderer who deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, may God have mercy on your soul and may he forgive you, for you have no shame in taking my son away." The victim's Father, Guadalupe Sandoval said, "This cold blooded killer murdered my son for $15 dollars. He's a coward and a monster who deserves to die in prison."
Pushing for the judge to set a release eligibility date, Williams' attorney Gregory Holdahl, argued that Williams could be rehabilitated with treatment. Williams had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
But Repischak ruled that Williams' mental issues did not rise to the level of insanity.
In court Friday, Repischak called the killing cold and callous. "You took this mans life and mortally wounded his family. You must be divorced from the community for the community to be safe. I must remove you from the community."
Speaking before the sentencing, Williams made some type of oblique biblical reference. "I've been convicted, there’s way too much information to dispute. The fish will not be edible in the lake of fire."
Repischak closed the proceeding by telling Williams, "You will get life in prison without the chance of parole or supervision. You'll walk into prison, and you'll be carried out of prison. The sentence I've imposed is just."
Repischak also imposed restitution to be paid to the victims' family by Williams in the amount of $10,000.
The Sandoval family appeared emotional after the sentencing and satisfied with the judge's ruling, thanking the prosecution team. There was no mention by Williams' attorney about any future attempts to appeal the life sentence.