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Fall River man sentenced to prison in murder of 22-year-old Jake Williams



Rayquan Robinson (left) and Jake Williams

A Fall River man accused of murdering another city man has been sentenced to prison.

27-year-old Rayquan Robinson was charged with murder, armed assault to murder, and carrying a firearm without a license concerning the death of 22-year-old Jake Williams on May 6th of 2020.

Robinson was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 15 to serve for the murder charge. For the assault charge, 5 1/2 years will be served after the murder sentence. He was also sentenced to four years for the weapons charge to be served concurrent with the other sentences. Robinson will serve a minimum of 20 1/2 years before he is eligible for parole. He will also get credit for the 671 days he has already served.

Robinson was on probation at the time of the murder.

Fall River Police responded to 911 calls just before 11:30 a.m. regarding a shooting in the area of Mott Street and Warren Street. When first responders arrived on scene, they located Williams and rushed him to St. Anne’s Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Robinson and Williams were friends at one point according to friends, but that had changed, and they had started text messaging and feuding on Facebook. Robinson allegedly opened fire on Williams while Williams was driving his vehicle.

Multiple bullet holes could be seen in the car’s windshield after the shooting.

Before sentencing, Judge Renee Dupuis stated that “bottom line is, in this case, he violently and senselessly murdered his best friend.”

Williams’ girlfriend and family members gave emotional impact statements before sentencing.

The defense requested a 10–12-year sentence concurrent with 4-5 years concurrent on the firearm conviction. The DA recommended 25 years.

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