Thomas Neil Williams enters guilty plea on two charges in criminal court
Published 9:23 am Tuesday, October 10, 2023
From Staff Reports
Thomas Neil Williams, 32, entered a plea of guilty on Oct. 9 to especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault in Carter County Criminal Court. By agreement with the office of District Attorney General Steve Finney, Williams will serve 15 years in prison without any possibility of parole.
The charges result from officers being called to 132 Elizabeth Ann Drive on Sept. 20, 2022, with Williams’ girlfriend having visible injuries and alleging a long-term course of assaults by Williams. Officers observed several burn marks, lacerations, and bruises on the victim. She was later determined to have been suffering from broken ribs. The ensuing investigation determined that Williams had caused the burn marks by using a blow torch lighter on the victim.
Williams had multiple prior convictions for domestic assault against other women.
The case was charged by the Carter County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Ryann Jeffers and Dennis Brooks.