Mikey Williams, a Memphis basketball signee, entered a guilty plea Thursday in connection to a shooting that occurred outside his California home earlier this year, according to multiple reports.
Williams, 19, plead guilty to one count of making criminal threats. According to San Diego television station FOX 5, Williams’ sentencing date has been set for Aug. 12, 2024.
The station also reported, as part of the conditions of his guilty plea, Williams will need to complete anger and gun-safety courses, as well as 80 hours of community service, before his sentencing date. If completed, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. According to NBC San Diego, Williams will also have a 10-year gun restriction on his record.
In a video posted by Overtime on social media Thursday, Williams said he feels good.
“All glory to God,” he said. “I’m just happy I made it out this situation. I’m just excited to get back to the (basketball) court.”
It is unclear whether Williams will join the Memphis basketball team this season. In September, the Memphis athletic department announced Williams would not be permitted to be part of the team as long as his legal issues remained unresolved. In a statement on Sept. 27, the athletic department said it would “assess and determine his status with the team” once the legal process had run its course. The release also stated Williams is enrolled in online classes and would remain on the team’s roster.
Williams’ trial had been set to begin Dec. 14.
Williams was facing nine felony charges stemming from a March 27 shooting. Upon Williams’ arrest in April, San Diego County authorities said an argument inside Williams’ home escalated when gunshots were fired toward a car as it drove away with six people inside. The car was hit, but no one inside was injured.
Williams pleaded not guilty to the initial charges.
Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway has voiced continued support for Williams since his arrest.
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