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A Florida inmate who was among 100 prisoners released last month to help slow the spread of the coronavirus returned to bars on Monday – arrested in connection with a murder the day after his release, authorities said.
Joseph Edward Williams, 26, has been linked to a gunshot death in the Progress Village section of Gibsonton, Hillsborough County, about 11 miles southeast of Tampa, FOX 13 from Tampa reported.
Williams was inside Orient Road Prison on drug charges when he was released with other prisoners as part of efforts to protect detainees, civilian employees and law enforcement from the virus, also known as COVID-19, according to the report.
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“There is no doubt that Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while in prison while awaiting the resolution of a low-intensity, non-violent offense,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister, announcing his arrest. “Every murder, every violent crime, especially one involving a firearm, is a sickening example of the worst in our community, especially at a time when our community is working tirelessly to combat the spread of this deadly COVID-19. “
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Unidentified victim of March 20 shooting found injured, lying on the street, and later died in hospital, authorities told FOX 13. Williams was arrested for second degree murder after an investigation , resisting a violent arrest, being a criminal in possession of a firearm and the possession of heroin and drug accessories, according to the report.
Williams has a long history of past offenses, including burglary and possession of a gun, having been arrested about 35 times, said the sheriff’s office.
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