Husband found guilty in South Sacramento murder of estranged wife



A jury in Sacramento Superior Court issued a guilty verdict this morning in the trial of a man accused of a south Sacramento homicide.

Michael Williams was found guilty in the first-degree murder of his wife, Tanganyika Williams. On July 8, 2017, Williams stabbed his wife twice in the neck while they were inside a van near Meadowview Road and 24th Avenue.  

After sustaining her injuries, Ms. Williams was able to identify her estranged husband to bystanders and Sacramento Police officers. Ms. Williams was pronounced dead 30 minutes after the stabbing from massive blood loss.  

Mr. Williams was captured three week later when a witness notified 911. When arrested, Williams was planning to take a bus to Oklahoma. 

An allegation that Williams suffered a prior strike conviction for shooting with intent to kill will be determined at the sentencing hearing. Williams faces a maximum sentence of 56 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for August 16, 2019, in Department 40 Judge Thorbourne.









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