On Monday, 23-year-old Rashad Williams was indicted by a Chatham County grand jury with several felony charges, including malice murder. He is alleged to have shot two people in Savannah, Georgia, in May. Despite having committed a similar crime four years ago, he was spared a significant jail sentence and freed owing to a deal negotiated by the George Soros-linked Chatham County District Attorney's Office.
On May 8, at 2:30 a.m., Williams allegedly murdered 32-year-old Ashton Gibbs and shot a 30-year-old woman near Bull and Broughton streets in Savannah. The woman was reportedly taken to hospital and survived.
The Savannah Police Department characterized the shooting as a "road rage incident," and indicated that it had been preceded by a "verbal altercation."
Williams was ultimately captured by U.S. Marshals in Columbus, Ohio, on July 14, and extradited to Savannah, where stood for his grand jury indictment on October 3.
WTOC reported that Williams allegedly committed the May 8 shooting while still on probation for a previous shooting conviction.
On August 8, 2018, Williams got into a fight with a woman in Savannah. He retrieved a gun from his car, issued threats and then shot at two witnesses. Although one of the witnesses was grazed in the shooting, neither perished.
According to WTOC, the Chatham County District Attorney's Office negotiated a deal whereby Williams would plead guilty to aggravated assault and in turn receive a 15-year sentence. 11 of those years he would serve not in jail but on probation.
It was also agreed that Williams would receive a first-time offender status, thereby having his felony record wiped clean upon the completion of his probation.
The judge who approved the deal reportedly expressed to Williams, no longer permitted to carry a gun, that he was "lucky" he didn't kill somebody.
This deal came together in August 2021, one year into Democrat Shalena Cook Jones' term as Chatham County District Attorney.
During the election campaign, Jones claimed not to know anything about the Soros PAC's investment of nearly $80,000 in advertising materials promoting her candidacy. She suggested that Soros didn't influence or impact her messaging, and that "What I am advocating for at the end of the day is equality, justice, which are all great things."
Savannah Morning News reported that Jones sought to "find different ways to resolve misdemeanor crimes in order to streamline the courts."
According to the Current, Jones' office, which cut the deal with Williams, made expungements more easily accessible, meaning criminals can have their past criminal charges obfuscated from the public view, and has given greater priority to rehabilitation contra prosecution and incarceration.
Part of her progressive approach to tackling crime is to spare youths facing gun possession charges jail or prison time, and instead provide them with housing support, job training, and education.
On September 25, Jones stated that "putting people behind bars for extended periods of time ... is not keeping you safe, it is not keeping the citizens of America safe, and it is not keeping the citizens of Chatham County safe."
The odds of becoming a victim of violent crime in Savannah is 1 in 190. Across the city, crimes are up 22% since 2020, when Jones took office.
Republican state Rep. Ron Stephens deemed Jones a "Soros-funded district attorney" who "will not prosecute violent crime."