DeKalb man sentenced to federal prison for pulling gun on tow truck driver

Terry Williams
Terry Williams

Credit: DeKalb County Jail

Credit: DeKalb County Jail

A DeKalb County man will spend nearly four years in federal prison for pulling a gun on a tow truck driver last year and threatening to kill him and the maintenance worker who called to have his car towed.

Terry Williams, 40, is a three-time convicted felon and self-professed member of the “Duct Tape” gang, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

On Jan. 8, 2018, authorities said he blocked in a tow truck with another vehicle and approached the driver with his gun drawn, threatening to shoot both him and the Columbia Village complex’s maintenance man if they didn’t put his car back.

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The vehicle, a cream-colored 1995 Infiniti J30, had flat tires and an expired tag, drawing “numerous” complaints from management at the complex near East Lake, police told AJC.com last year.

Authorities also said Williams threatened to have his “guys” come “light up the whole complex,” including other workers and a police officer who lived there.

The profanity-laced rant was captured on cellphone video and given to police.

While in the DeKalb jail on aggravated assault and false imprisonment charges related to incident, Williams instructed his girlfriend to locate the maintenance employee and have him sign an affidavit on Williams’s behalf in an effort to have the charges dropped, federal prosecutors said Tuesday in a news release. The gun he used to threaten the tow truck driver was discovered in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, along with crack and powder cocaine, authorities said.

Williams was convicted of the charges on Dec. 11, after he pleaded guilty during a jury trial. He was given three years and eight months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, officials said in a news release announcing his sentence Tuesday.

“Williams threatened to kill two people who were simply doing their jobs,” U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said. “He then audaciously attempted to influence the testimony of the maintenance employee while in local custody.”

According to Pak, Williams had been causing problems at the apartment complex for months leading up to the incident, brandishing a gun in his waistband during confrontations with management and threatening an off-duty police sergeant who lived there.

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