August 18, 2009
Man sentenced to 13 years for Millbrook murder
The co-defendant in a high profile capital murder case was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday morning.
RonDarrell Terrell Williams, 29, of Montgomery, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Bush at 9 a.m., courthouse records show. Williams was initially indicted on capital murder charges in the Aug. 29, 2007 slaying of James Bryan Martin, a young Millbrook father of two. Williams pleaded guilty to felony murder in the case on June 22, just before the capital murder trial of Calvin McMillan, 20, of Opelika, was set to begin.
The sentence was the minimum allowed by law.
“I never had any reason to believe that you’ve been nothing but straight and honest with this court,” Bush said to Williams before handing down the sentence.
“But the court doesn’t discount the severity of this event and must take this into consideration before passing sentence.”
The jury convicted McMillan of two counts of capital murder, then went on to recommend a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. Williams’ testimony during the trial was a key factor in gaining the convictions, said Houston.
Williams testified that he drove McMillan to the Millbrook Wal-Mart under the impression McMillan wanted to steal a vehicle. Martin, 23, had been to a Montgomery Biscuits game that night and had stopped by the store on the way home to pick up diapers and baby wipes.
McMillan shot him four times in the parking lot, and stole his Ford pickup.
On Aug. 7, Bush overrode the jury’s recommended sentence for McMillan and handed down the death penalty.
Before the sentence was passed, Chief Assistant District Attorney James Houts told Bush that Martin’s family did not object to the minimal sentence being considered.
-- Marty Roney