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Man accused of trying to set fire to girlfriend, child

Posted July 23, 2010

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— A Raleigh man is accused of trying to set his girlfriend and her child on fire, according to arrest warrants.

An arrest warrant states that on July 9, Michael Cornelius Williams, 40, of 409 Donald Ross Drive, threw gasoline into a vehicle occupied by his girlfriend and her 7-year-old child.

Williams was charged Thursday with one count of assault on a child under age 12. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Williams' criminal record dates to 1987 and includes convictions for assault, indecent exposure, common-law robbery and dealing drugs, according to state Department of Correction records.

DOC records state that Williams was convicted as a habitual felon in 2002 but was released two years into a 10- to 12-year sentence when the conviction was vacated. He racked up 17 infractions while in prison. His release was originally scheduled for 2014.

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  • judyrichburg Jul 28, 2010

    and i would like to add that if these charges had any substance the charges would be more serious. we all have a past michael is really trying to turn his life around ! this is a case of jealousy. i am praying for him. my wish is that he is able to go on with his life . my son misses his daddy and ask to speak to him every day!

  • judyrichburg Jul 28, 2010

    me and michael are married but seperated and i know he is not like this he just got in the wrong situation and i pray it is straightened out. we have a son and he has never didi anything like this...he had a hard life pray for him he is no monster

  • braddavis Jul 27, 2010

    amandadaykin85, you should be careful with the company you keep.......your car could be next!

  • meh2 Jul 23, 2010

    Heartless, sorry for your pain. Clearly you are still suffering from what that perp did. I hope you are able to find some peace somewhere in your life.

    Crimes leave scars on all their victims and the families of their victims. Why some people think felons are "good guys" is beyond me.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 23, 2010

    That is all a $5,000.00 S. Bond. He hurt a child and the child's mother. He needs more charges than this. This is just a little bit. My goodness. I will be praying for the mother & her child.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 23, 2010

    Anyone with a felony is bad for the fact that have a serious record & they don't care anymore. And this guy should die of the death penitently. And why you are talking about getting out early. There is a guy named Charles E. Bartlett he had 7 infractions, not only that he had so many charges they CONSOLIDATED it & charged him just once with that crime during that time. Not only that he never served his full term either & if he did I wouldn't have got raped or messed up. He has He has also raped someone & it is on the records but isn't in the registry. They should bring back the death penitently & start using it. Then they should make sure that he got his full term. I would have been safe if they kept him then not only that sons that stand behind him & they were along with messing me up. he is an informative for Wayne County Sheriff's office, & Goldsboro Police, & turned in state evidence to get out of prison. That I was told about him turning in state evidence & I believe it is true b

  • WakeCountyRedNeck Jul 23, 2010

    amandadaykin85, thank you for your unique insight. I always thought that convicted habitual felons were bad guys. I guess that is why they 'vacated' his sentence - he is a 'good guy'. Thank you for helping me get my facts straight.

  • twc Jul 23, 2010

    If amandadaykin85 is right then the police are as guilty as the adults are.

    In situations like this it is IMPERATIVE that BOTH SIDES are to be investigated!

    That is where the system is so flawed; there is an OVERWHELMING tendency to fault the male only!

  • anastasia Jul 23, 2010

    DOC records state that Williams was convicted as a habitual felon in 2002 but was released two years into a 10- to 12-year sentence when the conviction was vacated. He racked up 17 infractions while in prison. His release was originally scheduled for 2014.

    So, though he racked up 17 infractions while in prison, he was still released after serving only 2 yrs. of a 10-12 yr. sentence. And now he gets a $5,000 bond for attempted murder of a mother & child?

  • wcumom Jul 23, 2010

    meh2,I wish we had a "like" button,because I would sure push it on your last comment!!! LIKE.

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