1993 cop shooter seeks release

By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

A man who shot two Calaveras County Sheriff's deputies and a police dog more than 20 years ago is awaiting a court decision on whether he will be set free or spend two more years in a maximum-security state mental hospital.

Kenfort Williams, now in his early 70s, was in Calaveras County Superior Court for a Wednesday trial. Wearing eye glasses and a bright red jumpsuit, Williams fell to the ground while being escorted by a bailiff to his seat.

Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook said Williams has reached the maximum amount of time he's able to be held at a state hospital.

"If we don't win this, he will be released," she said. "If we prevail, he will receive a two-year extension."

In 1993, Williams pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the shooting of Gary Stevens, the deputy who pulled him over in the San Andreas area.

For the full story, see the March 6 edition of The Union Democrat.

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