Bristol man accused of selling crack, assaulting 2 people over drug debt must make decision on plea bargain

Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:15
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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BRISTOL - A Bristol man accused of selling crack cocaine in the city is looking at two years in prison or longer if he wants to avoid the risks involved in heading to trial.

Isaiah Williams, 31, of 460 Emmett St., was granted one final continuance during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court on Wednesday. He has been offered two deals, one of which involves two years in prison and three years of probation. The other deal includes 30 months of prison time with no probation.

Williams, who is free on $151,000 bond, faces three counts of sale of narcotics and one count each of third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, second-degree criminal mischief, failure to keep narcotics in original container and possession of a controlled substance.

Williams, a judge said Wednesday, must make a decision on whether he wants to take either of the plea deals by his next court date, on June 28. Otherwise, the case could be scheduled for a pretrial hearing and, ultimately, go to trial, prosecutors added.

According to court papers, police in June 2017 received a tip indicating Williams was selling drugs throughout the city. Police then conducted surveillance and allege they witnessed him multiple times selling crack cocaine.

According to court documents, Williams has also been accused of assaulting two people last September over a $100 drug debt. One of the victims told police Williams broke down the door to his apartment during the altercation, when he allegedly assaulted him and a woman who had bought $300 worth of crack cocaine from Williams, court papers continued. The victim told police they only paid him $200 and that they were attacked over the remaining balance of the drug deal, court documents said.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:15. Updated: Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:18.