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Warner Robins council candidate who served prison time withdraws candidacy

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The Warner Robins, Ga., City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, voted make an economic development consultant working for the city the council's administrator.
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The Warner Robins, Ga., City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, voted make an economic development consultant working for the city the council's administrator.

John Williams, a former Warner Robins city councilman convicted of a felony, has withdrawn his candidacy for council.

Williams qualified last week to run for the Post 6 seat he formerly held.

A hearing was set Tuesday for Williams to make a case as to why he should be able to run, despite having served time in federal prison. But on Monday Williams sent a letter to the city elections office stating he was withdrawing his candidacy.

He said when he researched whether he could qualify, there was a misunderstanding about his legal status.

Although he has served his time, he said he has an appeal of his conviction pending and he expects “to receive a favorable determination at most any time.”

Williams served four years on council and had a series of run-ins with police. He maintained his innocence in each of the cases but was soundly defeated in his re-election attempt in 2011 by Mike Davis.

Among other instances, Williams was charged with falsely reporting that his cellphone was stolen during a Waffle House visit. The charge was later dismissed.

Williams faced federal indictment on charges of extortion related to the attempted purchase of a used vehicle for the police department.

He was later convicted and sentenced to prison. Williams served 11 months of a 15 month sentence.

Wayne Crenshaw has worked as a journalist since 1990 and has been a reporter for The Telegraph since 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Georgia College and is a resident of Warner Robins.
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