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Judge says stepmom of child abuse murder victim 'evil'

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 12:32 p.m. HST, Jul 08, 2014

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright had harsh words on Tuesday for the government and the stepmother of 5-year-old child abuse murder victim Talia Williams.

Seabright told Delilah Williams, 30, that after listening to her testimony about how she tortured and beat Talia, and the manner in which she described the beatings, he thinks the prosecutor's description of her as "wicked" was an understatement. He said "evil" was a more apt description.

Delilah Williams was in court for her sentencing of 20 years in prison -- including nine years already served -- the result of a plea agreement for her testimony that she and her husband, former soldier Naeem Williams, routinely inflicted savage beatings on the child.  

Seabright sentenced Delilah Williams for the murder of her stepdaughter as a pattern and practice of torture and abuse.

Seabright also said on Tuesday that the government will have to answer the question of why it took Naeem Williams to trial to seek the death penalty, after the U.S. Attorney here said a life prison term was appropriate in the wake of jurors not being able to reach a unanimous verdict on his fate.

The government promised Delilah Williams the 20-year sentence in return for her guilty plea and testimony against her husband.

Naeem Williams, 34, will be sentenced to a life prison term in October.

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Shellback wrote:
Naeem Williams got life. Delilah Williams got twenty years. Is there a female sentencing discount?
on July 8,2014 | 12:46PM
Iuki wrote:
Both the step-mother and the father in this case were plainly evil. The fact she only got 20 years for her part in killing the poor child is a travesty. And the federal government should figure out a way to put on trial a soldier who commits murder while on a military base. A state should not have to try him, especially one that has no death penalty.
on July 8,2014 | 01:14PM
maluao wrote:
on July 8,2014 | 03:08PM
RichardCory wrote:
The case was tried in federal court, not state court. What are you on?
on July 8,2014 | 09:34PM
droid wrote:
Yeah, no kidding! U.S. District Judge, U.S. Attorney... hello!
on July 8,2014 | 09:44PM
tranquilseas4ever wrote:
Four (4) Hawaii jurors & a plea deal "gift" from our Govt. have given the Nod of APPROVAL to this pitch-black, unspeakable, gruesome, nauseatingly horrid EVIL. It's SO Sad that even the torture & death of an innocent CHILD could not move their cold hearts to do the Right Thing. Unbelievable!! Poor Talia. Society has failed you - yet again! May you finally find love & happiness in Heaven!
on July 8,2014 | 02:36PM
Tarakian wrote:
Yes so sad of innocent child. Society failed innocent child? Respectfully, I say her parents failed her. They alone are responsible.
on July 8,2014 | 03:48PM
maluao wrote:
This psychopath probably took "evil" as a high compliment. What a monster. It's sad that her fellow inmates (many likely mothers themselves) haven't offed her yet!
on July 8,2014 | 03:11PM
false wrote:
She's a Korean/Guamanian(Chamorro) offspring according to her bio.
on July 8,2014 | 06:36PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
They should deport her after her sentence is served, she doesn't deserve US citizenship for marrying a US serviceman and helping to kill his daughter. She's obviously mail order, return her to sender after her term.
on July 8,2014 | 06:56PM
HanabataDays wrote:
And this is relevant to exactly what, O Commenter Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered?
on July 9,2014 | 01:21AM
eoe wrote:
"Seabright also said on Tuesday that the government will have to answer the question of why it took Naeem Williams to trial to seek the death penalty." Because he is black.
on July 8,2014 | 07:22PM
Skyler wrote:
on July 8,2014 | 08:20PM
droid wrote:
Hey, it's as a good a theory as any. If the U.S. Attorney said life term, that should be the end of the discussion!
on July 8,2014 | 09:46PM
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