Percy Williams, 42-years-old, was convicted on all counts including armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of felony firearm related to the June 29, 2018 robbery of a gas station on Dort Highway in the city of Flint.
Williams and a co-defendant, Teaira Moore, went into the Speedway gas station just before 11:00AM and while Williams held a gun on the clerk, Moore took money out of the registers. An employee from a nearby business spotted Williams putting a mask on his face in the parking lot before entering and took a picture of the license plate of the getaway vehicle. With this information and a description of the vehicle, police were able to locate the vehicle and make a traffic stop just 7 minutes after the robbery was reported.
When police pulled the vehicle over, there was a gun openly visible in the center console area, materials used as head and face coverings, along with black and blue rubber gloves that had been identified as being used by the suspects during the robbery. Also introduced into evidence during trial was a video from the gas station that had recorded the entire incident. The gas station reported between $500-600 taken during the robbery and Percy Williams and Teaira Moore were found with a total of $580 on them when they were arrested.
Prior to Williams’ trial, Teaira Moore pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unarmed robbery and felony firearm with a sentence of two years in prison in exchange for truthful testimony against Williams at his trial.
Williams criminal history includes being in and out of incarceration since he was a juvenile with convictions for breaking and entering, armed robbery, carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault on a prison employee while incarcerated.
“Today’s verdict is a victory for the safety of our community,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “Percy Williams has been breaking the law nearly his entire adult life with a violent nature that
threatened the safety and security of others whenever he was on the streets,” Leyton said.
“We will be asking the judge to sentence Williams to a lengthy prison term so that he will not be able to prey on our community and cause fear and havoc for our citizens any longer,” Leyton said.
As a super habitual violent offender, Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison up to life when he is sentenced on March 2nd.