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March 5, 2020

Jury: 51-year prison term for murdering 18-year-old

Photos/Lawrence Emerson
Fauquier sheriff’s deputies escort Myi’son Ellis back to jail Thursday after his convictions for murder and two related crimes.
Defense attorney Jessica Sherman-Stolz consoles her client’s sister, T-Ann Johnson, after the jury verdict Thursday afternoon.
Lincoln L. Williams Jr. died at Fauquier Hospital about an hour after the Aug. 26 shooting.
We’re grateful for justice. Friends ask how we get up in the morning and do what we do. We have to keep going for our other son.
— Crystal Williams, the victim’s mother
Ellis Murder Trial
• What: Aug. 26 murder of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr., 18. Mr. Williams got shot in the face outside of his home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of Warrenton. He died later that night in Fauquier Hospital.

• Defendant: Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 39, of Waynesboro.

• Charges: First-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Jury trial: March 2-5 in Fauquier County Circuit Court.

• Verdicts: Guilty on all three charges Thursday afternoon.

• Jury sentences: 38 years for murder, 3 years for gun charge and 10 years for conspiracy charge.

• Next: Judge will impose sentences at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 7.

• Prosecutors: Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Abigail J. Owens and Amy Cassandra.

• Defense attorney: Jessica N. Sherman-Stoltz, Waynesboro.

• Judge: Herman A. Whisenant Jr.

• Jury: Seven women and five men.
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A Waynesboro man convicted Thursday afternoon of shooting to death a Warrenton-area teen received a 51-year prison sentence.

A Fauquier County Circuit Court jury found Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 39, guilty of first-degree murder and two related charges in the Aug. 26 killing of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr. The shooting took place outside Mr. Williams’ family home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of town.

After deliberating for about six hours Wednesday and Thursday, the panel also convicted Mr. Ellis of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery in Lincoln’s killing.

Twenty-four witnesses testified during the three-day trial before the jury rendered its verdicts.

Karen Farmer and co-defendant Lurcretia Ann Robinson, 54, of Nokesville, testified that Mr. Ellis separately confessed to them that he shot the victim.

Ms. Robinson faces a conspiracy to commit robbery charge in connection with the murder.

Ms. Robinson testified that she drove Mr. Ellis to the Williams’ home the night of the incident.

Mr. Ellis testified that he didn’t know the victim and had been at his mother’s Manassas home around the time the murder took place.

The third co-defendant, Daniel Martin “Rudeboy” Farmer II — Ms. Farmer’s brother, faces the same charges as Mr. Ellis.

Mr. Ellis, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Farmer conspired to rob the victim of drugs and money, according authorities.

On Wednesday, Mr. Farmer, 24, refused to testify about the case, invoking his Fifth Amendment right to protect against self-incrimination.

Thursday’s sentencing hearing took place immediately after Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. announced the verdicts.

The 12-member jury sentenced Mr. Ellis to 38 years for first-degree murder, 10 years for the conspiracy charge and three years for the weapon charge.

Mr. Williams died of a gunshot wound to his face in a botched robbery attempt, according to the prosecution.

The victim’s mother Crystal Williams spoke about her son during the sentencing phase.

“He got caught up in the wrong crowd,” said Mrs. Williams, fighting back tears.

A “very trusting” young man, Lincoln’s “life got flipped upside down,” she said.

Her son loved his family, friends and football, Mrs. Williams said.

“He was a beast on the football field,” she said of Lincoln, who played the sport through high school.

The family’s lives “will never be the same,” she said.

Mrs. Williams added: “This murder has changed us in a way . . . . I pray we can come back.”

Lillian Scott — Mr. Ellis’ mother — also spoke during the sentencing hearing.

Ms. Scott gave her condolences to the Williams family.

“Since this nightmare, I have prayed for them, as I have for my child,” she said.

Ms. Scott called her son a “great father” who will be unable to raise his 18-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.

While Lincoln Williams “made some very bad choices,” his murder won’t allow him to “learn” from them and “grow up,” Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail J. Owens told the jury during the sentencing hearing.

“They’re left with the memory of what happened that awful night,” Ms. Owens said of Lincoln’s parents and their 16-year-old son Connor.

Wounded, Lincoln staggered from the family’s front yard into the house, where his parents and brother tried to save his life.

Lincoln L. Williams Sr. on Aug. 26 called 911 to report the shooting of his son, according to investigators. Deputies responded at 10:42 p.m. The young man died about an hour later at Fauquier Hospital of the gunshot wound.

“They lost their son in a terrible violent way,” said Ms. Owens, who urged the jury to give Mr. Ellison the maximum penalty for each charge. He faced a potential life sentence for murder.

Mr. Ellis’ defense attorney asked the jury for leniency in sentencing her client.

“We ask that you take into consideration him and his family, his children,” Jessica Sherman-Stoltz said.

Outside the courthouse, Mr. and Mrs. Williams spoke about their son, the verdict and the Fauquier commonwealth’s attorney office.

“We’re grateful for justice,” Mrs. Williams said. “Friends ask how we get up in the morning and do what we do. We have to keep going for our other son.”

She added: “I was never in doubt (about a guilty verdict). It’s a mother’s intuition.”

Mr. Williams thanked Ms. Owens and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Amy Cassandra for their efforts on the case.

“I’m happy for the verdict and pleased for the (Williams) family,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook said. “This gives them some closure.”

Judge Whisenant will impose the sentences at 9 a.m. May 7 in circuit court. A judge may reduce but not increase the jury’s sentence.

Ms. Sherman-Stoltz said her client “absolutely” will appeal the verdict.

In separate hearings related to their charges, Mr. Farmer and Ms. Robinson will appear Tuesday, March 10, in circuit court.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.
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Truepat · March 6, 2020 at 6:29 am
A great message from Fauquier county, do the crime here and you will be held responsible.......
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