Shooter in 2020 Visalia murder sentenced to life

Curtis Williams receives life sentence for a first-degree murder committed in Visalia

TULARE COUNTY – The Tulare County Superior Court sentenced Curtis Williams, 31, to life in prison for the 2020 shooting death of a man at a Visalia apartment complex. The sentence comes after Williams was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this year. Assistant District Attorney Sean Sangree successfully prosecuted the case against Williams.

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Curtis Williams receives a life sentence for a first-degree murder that occurred in Visalia in 2020. (Tulare County District Attorney's Office)

The crime occurred on Nov. 28, 2020, when the victim, 33, and Williams engaged in an argument in the victim’s apartment. Surveillance video showed co-defendant Andrew Hernandez, 29, who lived in a neighboring apartment, enter the residence holding his waistband. Witness testimony revealed that Hernandez gave Williams the gun and that Williams shot the victim in the chest. Both men fled the apartment while the victim was not discovered until he had not been heard from for several days.

Hernandez was arrested the next month, but Williams fled to the Sacramento area. Williams was eventually arrested on Feb. 9, 2021, after fleeing from law enforcement on a rooftop and through a Visalia neighborhood.

On April 23, both men were convicted of first-degree murder. The jury found true special allegations that Williams personally used a firearm and personally discharged a firearm causing death. Williams must serve 50 years, not including California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation credits, prior to parole consideration. On May 14, Hernandez was sentenced to 26 years-to-life in prison.

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