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Conspirator In Assassination Of LAPD Detective Granted Parole

In 1985, an LAPD detective was gunned down on Halloween in front of his child for revenge (Photo by Paul Matthew Photography via Shutterstock)
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Voltaire Alphonse Williams was a 25-year-old aspiring boxer in 1989 when he when he was sentenced to 25 years to life for helping to plot the murder of Detective Thomas C. Williams. He is one of hundreds of lifers who have been granted parole due to overcrowding in state prisons.Voltaire Williams was granted parole on August 4 after serving 26 years of a 25-to-life sentence, LA Observed reports.

The murder of Detective Thomas C. Williams is a convoluted case of senseless revenge. On Halloween of 1985, Detective Williams testified against a North Hollywood limo company owner named Daniel Jenkins, then 33, whom he had arrested for armed robbery. Only hours later, Williams was gunned down when picking up his 6-year-old boy, Ryan, from a daycare center in Canoga Park. He shouted at his child to duck, then was hit eight times. The boy escaped unscathed, but Detective Williams died at the scene.

Voltaire Williams—who is not related to Detective Williams—wasn't the one to pull the trigger, nor was he even in the area that day. He could have, however, prevented Detective Williams' death. He was acquitted of first-degree murder, but convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.

Jenkins hired Voltaire, who admitted he wanted to get into Jenkins' good graces, to kill Detective Williams so that he couldn't testify against him. Voltaire Williams persuaded a friend named Aladron Hunter to kill the detective, but when the pair went to carry out the hit, Hunter saw the detective with his young child and changed his mind. Voltaire Williams tried to convince Hunter to stay with the plan, but Hunter was adamant. Det. Williams would go on to testify against Jenkins. Jenkins donned a disguise and murdered the detective himself the next day. He was ultimately convicted of the armed robbery. The 42-year-old father's death was for nothing more than Jenkins' sense of revenge. A now 60-year-old Jenkins sits on death role, though he has attempted to appeal several times unsuccessfully.

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After news of the detective's murder broke, Hunter was the one who went to police and pointed the finger at Jenkins and Voltaire Williams. Investigators argued that Voltaire Williams could have told police about Jenkins' plot first and saved his life, and that his silence showed a loyalty to Jenkins.

The victim of the robbery, George Carpenter, was shot and nearly killed four months prior. While investigators suspected Jenkins may have been behind the shooting, the assailant's description didn't match Jenkins' description and the shooter was never caught.

Voltaire has been denied parole before, most recently in 2014, and Detective Williams' widow and his son, now 36, have spoken out against Voltaire's release. Why would Voltaire Williams be up for parole at all, especially only a year after he was last denied? Well, the prisons are crowded. In 2014, 1,807 lifers were denied parole, while 902 were granted release—a higher number than ever before.

Detective Williams' widow, Norma, has written a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking him and his staff to review the case, saying that Voltaire is not remorseful and that she fears for her and her children's safety.

Voltaire Williams may not have directly murdered my husband, LAPD Detective Thomas C. Williams but he was one of Daniel Jenkins' accomplices in the murder plot.  The record shows that Voltaire Williams, at the behest of Jenkins, RECRUITED a potential assassin who backed out of the plot when he saw my husband Tom arrive at the planned location of the "hit" and suspected that the intended victim was a police officer and not a security guard as he had been informed. Voltaire knew the details of the plot and the plan to murder a Los Angeles Police Officer.

Norma also claims in the letter that Jenkins may have also considered murdering her and her children, and that Voltaire Williams followed her husband around prior to the murder.

Most importantly, it is a fact that Voltaire Williams himself, only a few days before the murder, was "staked out" in front of the school in anticipation of Tom's arrival to pick up Ryan. Tom did not show as expected. We later learned that Voltaire was there to kill Tom and in possession of a gun given to him by Daniel Jenkins. Throughout the past parole hearing these FACTS were never discussed nor considered.  Upon hearing the news of Voltaire Williams' pending release, my adult children and I were devastated and I hope that you will use this information to deny Voltaire parole.