Plea Deal Accepted by Man Accused of Robbing, Shooting Transgender Woman

BTL Staff
By | 2018-02-21T17:32:00-05:00 February 21st, 2018|Michigan, News|

Rather than serving life in prison, 19-year-old Jujuan Williams has accepted a plea deal. Williams was one of two men accused of robbing and shooting a transgender woman in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood last November. Williams’ agreement calls for a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison, plus an additional two years.
On Feb. 9, Williams pleaded guilty to the armed robbery which resulted in the serious injury of Sharita Maxwell. Maxwell is a transgender woman who was walking on Woodward Avenue on Nov. 17, 2017 at 1:50 a.m. when she was assaulted by two men in hooded sweatshirts and masks.
Surveillance tape revealed a man who is believed to be William’s co-defendant, Charles Brown, to have jumped out of a GMC Yukon that pulled up to the curb next to Maxwell while holding a rifle. After a brief exchange, Maxwell dropped her purse and started to run away.
As the other man, believed to be Williams, went to pick up the purse, the gunman shot Maxwell in the back and the arm. It remains unclear if Maxwell was targeted because she was transgender, or if the crime was random.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Williams was originally charged with “armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, use of a firearm in connection with a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender, fourth offense.
The Free Press reports that, “Brown is charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, fleeing and eluding, use of a firearm in connection with a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender — a second offense.”
Brown, 21, is scheduled for trial on March 17.

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