Former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams was sentenced Friday and did not receive a grant for a new trial.
Williams, 23, received a one-year suspended sentence for each of the two counts of rape by instrumentation. The sentences will run concurrently and Williams must register as a sex offender. District Judge Phillip Corley classified him as a Level 1 offender, which means the state considers him a low danger to the community and that he is unlikely to commit further criminal sexual misconduct, according to Oklahoma sex offender registration laws. Corley told the courtroom that after reviewing between 1,500-2,000 pages of court documents and hearing arguments from both sides of the case, there was no evidence that warranted a new trial.
Because Williams received a suspended sentence with credit for the time he had already served, he was released from custody Friday.
Williams’ mother and other supporters arrived in court and sat in the front row wearing “Free Darrell” shirts. OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder, OSU basketball coach Travis Ford and members from the OSU basketball team also attended Williams’ sentencing.
During the sentencing, a few supporters left the courtroom in tears. A family member left the courtroom sobbing once she heard Williams would not get a chance for a new trial.
Level 1 sex offenders must register with the state they live in for 15 years, and must verify their address annually, per registration regulations.
Following the trial, Williams’ attorney Cheryl Ramsey said she was disappointed with the ruling.
“Not in any way, shape or form (was justice done) because he is innocent,” she said.
After Williams was sentenced, his aunt Mildred Williams professed her nephew’s innocence.
“He is innocent, and they are still making an innocent man register as a sex offender,” she said. “He passed two polygraph tests... He did not do the crime. Make an example out of somebody that did the crime, not somebody that’s innocent. You don’t ruin an innocent person’s life to make an example out of other people.”
Assistant District Attorney Jill Tontz said afterword she was disappointed in Corley’s decision to suspend Williams’ sentence but happy about the sex offender registration requirements.
Williams left the courthouse just after 12:15 p.m. in a gray Chrysler, accompanied by bishop Tavis Grant, a local pastor and his brother. He did not speak to media. A friend of Williams’, who is close to the case, said he would leave for his hometown of Chicago soon after completing his paperwork at the Stillwater probation and parole office.