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Warden: Williams could adjust well to life sentence in prison

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 02:01 p.m. HST, Jun 03, 2014

A retired federal prison warden told a U.S. District Court jury Tuesday morning that if former Schofield Barracks soldier Naeem Williams is spared the death sentence he will likely adjust well to spending the rest of his life behind bars and could make a positive contribution to the prison system.

Williams, 34, is facing the death penalty in connection with the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter Talia in 2005 at their military family quarters at Wheeler Army Airfield.

The jury that found him guilty of two counts of capital murder last month is now being asked to decide whether Williams should get the death penalty for the offenses or sentenced to life in prison without possibility for release. The trail's sentencing phase testimony got underway on Wednesday.

Mark Bezy said he believes Williams will adjust well to life behind bars based on his record at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, where Williams was in custody for about a about a year, and his record at the Federal Detention Center here, where he has been in custody for the balance of his nine years of pretrial incarceration.

Bezy served as warden at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex in Indiana before he retired and started his own correctional consulting business.

"He's going to go through some difficulties," Bezy said, but noted that he sees no reason that Williams won't adjust.

Among those difficulties, he said, will be some inmates looking down on Williams because of the nature of his crimes. Bezy added that white prison groups are most aggressive in "clearing the yard of certain kind of offenders." But, he said, over time Williams could gain the respect of other inmates.

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inverse wrote:
Maybe Williams should be given the choice of his fate. He can choose life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. Let him choose. Just like the movie Where Eagles Dare where Richard Burton gave the traitorous English General the option of standing trial and then getting hanged or jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet without a parachute
on June 3,2014 | 02:32PM
HD36 wrote:
on June 3,2014 | 04:10PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Is yours a Christian response?
on June 3,2014 | 04:44PM
mcc wrote:
"But, he said, over time Williams could gain the respect of other inmates." The guy beat his baby to death, he gets respect from nobody. If he is given life without parole he will wish he was given the death penalty. Save the money to take care of him, he should get the death penalty!
on June 3,2014 | 04:37PM
false wrote:
This low IQ murderer should be put to death. How will it benefit anyone, except himself, to live out his life at taxpayer's expense? Charity should be for those who truly deserve it.
on June 3,2014 | 05:06PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Is yours a Christian response?
on June 3,2014 | 06:58PM
DAGR81 wrote:
The question is not whether or not he can adjust to a life sentence in jail. The question for the jurors is whether or not his crime warrants the death penalty.
on June 3,2014 | 06:42PM
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