Mikey Williams felony charges reduced, basketball future uncertain
High school basketball star Mikey Williams had nine felony charges reduced to a single misdemeanor after a shooting at his home.
High school basketball star Mikey Williams had a major victory in court on Thursday when nine felony charges related to a shooting at his California home in April were reduced to a single misdemeanor.
The San Diego County District Attorney's office outlined the plea agreement, which includes a 10-year ban on Williams' possession of firearms, as well as requirements for behavioral therapy, gun safety, anger management classes, and 80 hours of community service. Upon satisfactory completion of these terms, Williams' charges will be formally reduced to a single misdemeanor.
It is currently unclear what Williams' status will be on the court at the University of Memphis.
Just five weeks ago, Williams had three new felony counts added to his existing six felony charges. These charges stemmed from an incident where police allege Williams shot at a car carrying six people away from his residence in Jamul, Calif., on March 27.
Initially, Williams was arrested on five charges of assault with a weapon and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. The three new charges were added based on testimony from October 10, which alleged that Williams made threats before firing a weapon and that there were six individuals in the car, including an Uber driver, as opposed to five.
If convicted on all nine charges, Williams could have faced up to 28 years in prison.
Since his arrest on April 13, Williams has been free on bond and has been attending online classes at Memphis.
The school announced in September that Williams would not be eligible to rejoin the team until his legal process is complete. He is currently listed on Memphis' basketball roster online but does not have access to team facilities.
Williams was considered a top-50 recruit coming out of San Ysidro High School in San Diego.
--Field Level Media