Husband Convicted Of First-Degree Murder Of Wife; Faces 56 Years to Life

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A collection of past mugshots for stabbing suspect Michael Williams. Click to enlarge.

A collection of past mugshots for stabbing suspect Michael Williams.

SACRAMENTO —

A man faces 56 years to life in prison after he was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder for the 2014 killing of his wife, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Williams, 52, and his wife,Tanganyika Williams, were in his van on 24th Street near Meadowview Road July 8, 2014 when he stabbed her twice in the neck and fled the scene. According to officials, Tanganyika died 30 minutes later from excessive blood loss, but not before identifying Williams as the suspect to police officers.

The search for Williams gained wide-spread attention after NBA player Matt Barnes posted about the killing of his aunt and a picture of the suspect. Williams was on the run for three weeks with plans on taking a bus to Oklahoma but was spotted by a citizen who alerted authorities.

Williams had a prior conviction from 1992 of shooting with intent to kill after he shot his previous wife’s mother in the face to spite his wife for leaving him. He served 13 years and was released from prison in 2005.

Sentencing for the Williams verdict is set for January 29, 2016.