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October 13, 2012

OSU basketball player Darrell Williams sentenced to time served

STILLWATER — Convicted Oklahoma State University basketball player Darrell Williams didn’t get a new trial Friday, but he won’t spend any additional time in jail or prison, Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley ruled.

Corley denied his attorney’s motion for a new trial and proceeded to sentencing. The judge gave Williams credit for time served in Payne County Jail following his July 23 conviction and suspended the rest the rest of his concurrent one-year sentences for rape by instrumentation and a no time recommendation by the jury on a sexual battery charge. He was in jail for 80 days.

Williams must register as a sex offender.

Williams’ attorney Cheryl Ramsey said an appeal is planned.

The judge, defense and prosecutors reviewed thousands of documents, Corley said.  The defense and prosecutors presented arguments Thursday in a closed session.

Corley said he did not see evidence for a new trial, overruling the defense’s motion. Family members and supporters in the courtroom burst into tears as Corley proceeded to sentencing.

“I’m innocent, I didn’t do it,” Williams told Corley when asked if he wished to say something.

Ramsey said she was disappointed with the court’s ruling.

“We think the jury did not get the appropriate picture and the credibility of the two young women was an issue and we were hoping for a new trial,”  Ramsey said. “At least he is out of jail.”

Williams will have to register as a level 1 sex offender, which will restrict where he can live, work, go to school and who he can be around, Ramsey said.

“This affects him for the rest of his life,” she said, adding Williams did not recieve justice in any way, shape or form.

Supporters filled the courtroom and spilled into the halls. Many wore black T-shirts that said “Free Darrell 25,” referrencing his basketball number. The backs of the shirts read, “Innocent, locked up! for 86 days, I am innocent!!!”

Williams’ mother and sister were present but did not make any statements to the media. Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Field Director Bishop Tavis Grant comforted the family and led them out of the courthouse.

Also in the courtroom were former OSU basketball player Keiton Page and basketball coach Travis Ford. Following the court’s ruling, Ford appeared stunned and paced the back of the courtroom.

On the courthouse lawn, Williams supporter Brandi Miner-Robertson expressed her disappointment.

“My heart is broken for him,” She said. “He is a good person and he was done wrong.”

Miner-Robertson said having to register as a sex offender has ruined his life.

Miner-Robertson helped organize support for Williams during the trial and after his conviction by creating social media accounts and online pledges calling for his release.

Hixson writes for the Stillwater NewsPress.

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