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Heroin Dealer Who Shot Into Occupied Home Gets 7 to 15 Years

July 6, 2018

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Contact: William R. Murphy, 215.348.6334, wrmurphy@buckscounty.org

Audrette Williams
    Audrette Williams

A heroin dealer who fired into an occupied home while chasing his ex-girlfriend around Bristol Township in a car has been sent to state prison for up to 15 years.

A search by police of the car Audrette Williams had been driving when he fired the shots turned up an illegally possessed firearm and a large quantity of heroin, adding to his legal woes.

Williams, 29, of the 5800 block of Beaver Dam Road, was sentenced June 29 to seven to 15 years for possession with intent to deliver heroin, a concurrent five to 10 years for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and seven years of concurrent probation for discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure.

He had been convicted of those and other charges in February after a non-jury trial before Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., who imposed the sentences.

Bateman also sentenced Williams to a concurrent nine to 36 months for an unrelated aggravated assault by vehicle case in which he seriously injured a motorcyclist in July 2016 while driving with marijuana metabolite in his blood. He pleaded guilty in that matter last fall.

The gunfire episode happened months later, on Dec. 20, 2016. A woman in the 1800 block of Foster Avenue Circle called 911 around 5 p.m., saying someone had fired a bullet through a window of her home.

The bullet landed on a bed after passing through a window jamb and some drywall. Police determined that Williams had fired the shot while pursuing his former girlfriend in a vehicle chase.

Investigators later located the car Williams had been driving at the Rodeway Inn, 6401 Bristol Pike. After getting the owner’s permission to search the vehicle, officers found 45 bundles of heroin and a .357 revolver with two spent casings inside it.

“He fired indiscriminately at someone, and it wound up in the bedroom of someone not even involved” who could have been killed, Assistant District Attorney William R. Murphy told Bateman at the sentencing. “To add insult to injury, he has all this heroin in this car … He’s a heroin dealer with a gun, driving around.”

Murphy said that Williams had at least three prior convictions for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

Williams called his violence an aberration, describing himself as a hardworking, churchgoing, family man who had cooperated with police in their investigation.

“I’m not no animal or lunatic that does stuff in that manner,” he told Bateman.

The judge wasn’t buying that.

“You’re a heroin dealer, it’s obvious. You’re at it again,” Bateman said. “Dealing heroin, firing a weapon in a neighborhood … we need to protect the community. I don’t know if you fully understand the magnitude and gravity of what you have done.”

In addition to the prison time, Bateman ordered Williams to pay a $1,000 fine for driving under the influence and $1,192 in restitution to the motorcyclist he injured.

The case was investigated by the Bristol Township Police Department.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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