Ed. Note: Earlier this week, we brought you the story about the pending parole of Voltaire Williams, who was a conspirator in the murder of LAPD Detective Tom Williams. Here’s a follow-up piece from the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) Board of Directors.
We urge everyone to read the powerful letter from Tom’s widow Norma and then take the time to write to Governor Jerry Brown and ask him to reverse the decision of the Parole Board. You can contact the Governor directly by clicking here and referencing Voltaire Williams, CDC number E17796. Below Norma’s letter is a sample letter you can send to the Governor.
The Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) is the collective bargaining agent and represents nearly 1,000 Deputy District Attorneys who work for the County of Los Angeles.
August 12, 2015
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, Ca 95814
Re: Voltaire Williams (no relation)
CDC # E17796
Dear Honorable Governor Brown:
This letter is being sent to you with immense grief and sadness. I learned on August 4th that Voltaire Williams was granted a parole pending a review period of 120 days or less.
Governor Brown, I pray that YOU and your staff take the time to review all of the facts of the case. Voltaire Williams may not have directly murdered my husband, LAPD Detective Thomas C. Williams but he was one of Daniel Jenkins’ accomplices in the murder plot. The record shows that Voltaire Williams, at the behest of Jenkins, RECRUITED a potential assassin who backed out of the plot when he saw my husband Tom arrive at the planned location of the “hit” and suspected that the intended victim was a police officer and not a security guard as he had been informed.
As you consider the pending parole, you should also know that a murder plot against me and my children was discovered during the investigation of the murder case. It was disclosed by another one of Jenkins’ henchmen that while looking for Tom at or near the school that he had gone by our home. A call was made to Daniel Jenkins to report that Tom was not around. The person asked Jenkins, “The family is here – do you want me to take them out?” That plan was obviously not carried out.
Most importantly, it is a fact that Voltaire Williams himself, only a few days before the murder, was “staked out” in front of the school in anticipation of Tom’s arrival to pick up Ryan. Tom did not show as expected. We later learned that Voltaire was there to kill Tom and in possession of a gun given to him by Daniel Jenkins. Upon hearing the news of Voltaire Williams’ pending release, my adult children and I were devastated and I hope that you will use this information to deny Voltaire parole.
You should also know that the “decision” to grant Voltaire parole pending was decided by only TWO Parole Board members – not the usual number of Board members. If you do not personally intervene and do the right thing and reverse the decision of two people, I would like to DEMAND THAT THE FULL PAROLE BOARD review these two members’ decision and that all the facts of this case be introduced into the record.
I implore you Governor Brown to REVERSE the idiotic decision made by two people who did not weigh all the facts or take into account the real danger Voltaire poses for society. As the record will show, after Tom’s murder, my children and I were under protection due to known and credible threats. Voltaire is a follower and if released would resort to his old ways and associates. He is neither remorseful nor “rehabilitated” and he has been counseled on how to “play the system” in prison.
If Voltaire Williams is released, I strongly fear that my children, my grandchildren and I will be in real danger. That is the reason I moved out of California which was my home state and where Tom gave his life protecting others. I am more concerned about my safety and welfare.
Please Governor Brown, do not allow the Parole Board to render this decision. Please give me and my family peace of mind. We always believed in the judicial system as well as did Tom. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend to many. Tom’s memory and ultimate sacrifice should not be diminished due to prison “over-crowding” or economic reasons. Tom was proud to be an LAPD Detective and only wanted to keep his community and family safe. He was the son of an Army career officer and was offered an appointment to West Point. Tom turned it down by saying, “My future is being a police officer and the only department I want to join is the Los Angeles Police Department… no other.”
My children will be sending you their letters stating their thoughts. While I know that you have heard from many people in and out of law enforcement begging and pleading with you to reverse the illogical decision of two members of the Parole Board, please read their letters carefully and consider the emotional pain our family has suffered for over 30 years from a person who shows no remorse and is still a danger to the residents of California.
Wife of LAPD Detective Thomas C. Williams
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing to urge you to reverse the decision to parole inmate Voltaire Williams CDC # E17796.
Voltaire Williams was involved in the murder of Los Angeles Police Detective Thomas Williams on October 31, 1985.
The murder of Detective Williams was carefully planned over several days and committed in retaliation against an officer who was merely performing his assigned duties, the investigation of a robbery of a movie theater manager in the act of making a bank deposit at a “night drop.”
Detective Williams was assassinated in front of his six-year-old son Ryan. Detective Williams was off duty at the time of the murder, picking up his son from the church school that he attended. Ryan saw his father gunned down in a hail of bullets from a fully automatic MAC-10 assault rifle. It is astonishing that neither Ryan, who was standing less than six feet away from his dad, nor any of the other children inside and outside the school, were struck by the fusillade of bullets that penetrated the nearby classroom walls.
Voltaire Williams himself sat “in wait” to kill Detective Williams the week prior to the actual murder. Voltaire in his 2011 Parole Board hearing admitted that he accepted the contract to kill Detective Williams for $2,000 and sat across the street from the school. He was thwarted from the killing only because Detective Williams arrived to pick up his son from a direction different from his normal route. That is when he decided against committing the murder himself and retained someone else to commit the murder of Detective Williams.
While the state has the requirement to reduce the population of the California Prison system under the Federal mandate, you cannot possibly believe in good conscience that releasing Voltaire Williams is a suitable way to fulfill those goals. Please overturn the decision of the Parole Board and deny his parole!