BR ‘career offender’ sentenced to federal prison

A Baton Rouge man with a violent criminal past was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for his role in a home-invasion conspiracy aimed at stealing drugs and “killing anyone that stood in the way,” interim U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Thursday.

Chris E. “Spank” Williams, 28, pleaded guilty in January to plotting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing a firearm while a convicted felon.

Williams has three previous felony adult convictions for crimes of violence and eight other convictions, Green said in a prepared statement.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal, state and local partners will continue to devote whatever resources are necessary to aggressively identify, investigate and prosecute those violent career offenders who plague our streets, threaten our families and destroy our neighborhoods,” Green said.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick sentenced Williams to 270 months in prison Wednesday. His sentence was enhanced based on his status as a career offender.

The investigation that led to Williams’ conviction was conducted by federal authorities and the East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crimes Unit, which includes the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.