Williams sentenced to life in prison

March 19, 2014

An Aberdeen man convicted of first degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of an East Rockingham woman was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

Jimmy Lee Williams Jr., 34, will not be offered the possibility of parole after being convicted of killing Kayentina Delores Little, 35, in a Jan. 14, 2012 shooting. Little, Williams’ girlfriend, had told Williams she’d wanted to end the relationship. Williams left the Aleo Drive apartment but returned with a gun.

Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested Williams, of Pinebluff Lake Road in Aberdeen, and Allan Jerome White, of U.S. Route 1 North in Hoffman. Williams was charged with first degree murder and the possession of a firearm by felon. White, 25, was charged with felony accessory after the fact.

Williams was found guilty of both charges on Tuesday after a four-day jury trial. Superior Court Judge W. Erwin Spainhour presided over the court. The jury consisted of eight men and four women.

Williams was sentenced to 22 to 36 months for the possession of a firearm by a felon and life without parole for the first degree murder charge. Williams will have to serve the 22 to 36 months first before the life without parole sentence will kick in. After he was sentenced, he was then transported to Central Prison in Raleigh to serve out his sentence.

Williams had previously been convicted of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell on Jan. 5, 1998 and indecent liberties with a child on July 10, 1998 along with a number of other felony charges that were taken into account with his possession of the firearm.

After Williams was sentenced, he gave notice that he intended to appeal the case. Williams was represented by Rockingham attorney Tommy Nichols.

According to court records, White’s charges are still pending. He is no longer being held in Richmond County Jail.