Ex-Warner Robins councilman expected to be released from federal custody Tuesday

bpurser@macon.comJune 24, 2013 

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WOODY MARSHALL — Woody Marshall

WARNER ROBINS -- Former City Councilman John Williams is expected to be released from federal custody Tuesday after serving his 14-month sentence for extortion and related convictions.

Williams, 74, was found guilty in 2012 of using his position on council to get a $1,720 kickback from the sale of a $21,000 truck to the Warner Robins Police Department.

The sale was halted, and Williams gave the money back to the car salesman after he was questioned by FBI agents who were investigating him.

For about the last 30 days, Williams has been in a residential re-entry center, or halfway house, at an undisclosed location in Middle Georgia, said Ron James, residential re-entry manager for the federal prison system.

Williams was transferred to the center May 22 from a low-security prison in eastern North Carolina where he served most of his sentence, James said. The Butner Low Federal Correctional Institution, where Williams served, is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C.

Williams received “good conduct time release,” which means his prison sentence is ending on time. He could have been held until Aug. 19 had he presented any disciplinary problems while in the prison system, James said.

He is expected to be released from the center Tuesday between 10 a.m. and midnight, James said.

Williams then is expected to be under one year of supervised probation under the U.S. Probation Office in Middle Georgia, James said.

Williams’ wife, Elna Williams, declined comment. Tina Hunt, a federal public defender who represented Williams, could not be reached for comment.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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