Cornell Williams, 33, a soldier at Fort Sill, Okla., pleaded guilty today to first-degree murder in the starvation death of Marcus Holloway, 10.
Little Marcus died May 5, 2011, from abuse and lack of food and water at the hands of Williams and his mother, Candice Holloway. He weighed a mere 44 pounds at the time of his death.
Candice is currently serving 30-years in federal prison for her part in starving her child. Her testimony was instrumental in the prosecution’s case.
NewsOK filed this report this afternoon:
Ms. Holloway admitted she and Mr. Williams would hit Marcus on the buttocks, legs and head with a belt, plastic bat or drumsticks when he was disrespectful or would steal food.
Ms. Holloway reported the night before Marcus died, Mr. Williams poured ice water over him as a form of punishment.
After two days of testimony in a jury trial, Williams pleaded guilty in exchange for the prosecution removing the death penalty.
Williams will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Cornell Williams lived on base at Fort Sill at the time the atrocities were inflicted on the child. Candice and Marcus Holloway lived with him at the time.
According to ArmyTimes Candice also had a daughter living with them on base.
Read the full ArmyTimes report here.
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