One of four people arrested after a series of people were shot with a Taser and carjacked in East St. Louis in August of 2011 pleaded guilty Monday morning to vehicular hijacking.
Byron Williams, 19 of 873 Mildred, Cahokia, was arrested in August of 2011 as part of the group allegedly using a Taser and carjacking victims randomly. A jury was scheduled to be picked to start Williams' trial Monday. Instead he took the prosecutors plea deal.
Williams now faces between 11 and 20 years in prison when he is sentenced April 29 in front of St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic, the same judge that accepted his plea Monday morning,
Evidence from the vehicular hijackings was collected from one of the suspect's cellphones, said Joe Beliveau, director of Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois.
Williams and three co-defendants, allegedly were riding around in East St. Louis committing armed vehicular hijackings and using a Taser on people Aug. 10-11, before they were caught by members of the Working against Violent Elements (WAVE) detail.
Michael McClure, 19, of the 700 block of North 16th Street in East St. Louis, another one of the suspects, already took a plea deal and is serving 15 years in prison for aggravated vehicular hijacking.
Antonio Taylor, 19, of the 1700 block of Boismenue, is awaiting his day in court. Taylor is a former star wrestler at Cahokia High School. He also played football and was good at it.
But wrestling was his first love, according to district officials who commented when Taylor was arrested. Williams is a former Cahokia High School student who was let go because of behavioral problems. A fourth suspect, DeAndre Suggs, also 19, from East St. Louis, is awaiting his day in court.