Army Private and Mother Sentenced for First-Degree Child Abuse Murder of 10-Year-Old Boy at Fort Sill Army Post
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 12, 2013|
OKLAHOMA CITY—Today, United States District Judge Stephen P. Friot sentenced Connell C. Williams, 33, from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, and Candice C. Holloway, 32, from Norfolk, Virginia, to 30 years imprisonment for their roles in the first-degree child abuse murder of Holloway’s 10-year-old son on Fort Sill Army Post, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to court records, Williams, an enlisted member of the United States Army, was assigned to Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma, in August 2010. In September 2010, Holloway and her children moved into Fort Sill military housing with Williams. Williams and Holloway were not married, and Williams is not the biological father of the two children. From early 2011 through May 2011, Williams and Holloway intentionally committed child abuse murder by depriving Holloway’s 10-year-old son of food as a form of punishment, which ultimately resulted in his starvation death on May 5, 2011.
Holloway pled guilty to first-degree murder and agreed to serve 30 years in a federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, in exchange for her cooperation and testimony against Williams, who was facing a possible death sentence. Williams’ trial began in February 2013, and Holloway testified against Williams. During the trial, Williams agreed to enter a plea of guilty to first-degree child abuse murder and accept a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In exchange for Williams’ guilty plea, the Department of Justice agreed to withdraw the notice to seek the death penalty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division. The case was prosecuted by United States Attorney Sanford C. Coats, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Bradford, and retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Randal A. Sengel.