May 14, 2013

Modesto wife attacker denied parole

A Modesto man convicted of an attack on his wife in 1996 was denied parole at his first hearing at the California Institution for Men in Chino, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced Monday.

Robert Aron Williams was sentenced in 1998 to 18 years to life for the crimes of attempted premeditated murder, robbery, aggravated mayhem and spousal battery, with a strike prior, and enhancements for intentional infliction of great bodily injury and using a knife in the commission of his crimes.

Deputy District Attorney John Goulart appeared at the parole hearing last week and argued for continued confinement based on the vicious nature of the crimes for which Williams was convicted, his failure to address his propensity to commit domestic violence, his failure to present a comprehensive drug and alcohol relapse prevention plan, and his lack of adequate parole plans, including a place to live and likely employment prospects. The Board of Parole Hearings agreed and denied parole for three years.

On Nov. 13, 1996, Williams assaulted his wife with a knife and inflicted severe wounds to her face and head. He also battered her, causing her to lose several teeth. Williams has a long history of domestic violence, including a "strike" for assault with a deadly weapon upon a girlfriend, during which he used a knife and inflicted great bodily injury.

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