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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Kentucky

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Man Who Fired Bullet that Killed 7-Year Old Child in Louisville Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville, Kentucky, man, who fired the shot that killed a 7-year old child on May 21, 2017, has now pleaded guilty to three federal firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

“The face of gun crime in our city is an innocent child sitting at his kitchen table eating birthday cake on a Sunday night,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “This case demonstrates how the feds can partner with LMPD and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to maximize our ability to incapacitate the trigger-pullers and protect kids like Dequante Hobbs.”

Wyatt Lamar Williams, 25, of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged in a superseding indictment on October 1, 2019, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Louisville with a three counts of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.

Williams faces no more than 10 years in federal prison per count and a period of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

The defendant was also successfully prosecuted by the Office of Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine and previously pled guilty in Jefferson County Circuit Court to second degree manslaughter, two counts of wanton endangerment and receiving a stolen firearm, and received a 20 year state sentence.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress and United States Attorney Russell Coleman. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).


Louisville Field Division