Knoxville gang member sentenced to 21 years for 2 home invasions

Kenneth Demarcus Williams (Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Kenneth Demarcus Williams (Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Crips gang member was given a 21 year sentence for two home invasions committed against the same victim, according to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office.

Kenneth Demarcus Williams, 27, was convicted of aggravated burglary, facilitation of aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and unlawful possession of a firearm. The district attorney’s office said the 21 year sentence imposed by Judge Scott Green Thursday must run consecutive to a federal supervised release violation, because Williams was on federal parole when he committed the offenses.

The district attorney’s office said in 2014 Williams broke a window in the bathroom of the victim’s house, entered her house and stole a table. The victim said she arrived at home while Williams was burglarizing her home. She said he ran away.

The victim reported the break-in to law enforcement, moved to a different house and installed a security surveillance system, according to the district attorney’s office. On November 2, 2014 police said they received a call of a home invasion. The victim said her alarm was tripped when Williams and two other men broke open the back door of her apartment.

When the men entered the apartment, the victim said they pointed a gun up the stairwell toward her. Fearing for her safety and the safety of her one-year-old, the victim said she fired her own handgun towards the intruders. The district attorney’s office said Williams and the other two men ran from her apartment, but not before being caught on the alarm system’s cameras.

“I applaud the courage of this victim who would not allow herself to be intimidated,” said
Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen. “Because of her courage and her willingness to testify, this dangerous
offender will be off the streets for years to come.”

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