Man Who Killed Wife Outside City Courthouse Sentenced To Life

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A Baltimore judge hands down the maximum sentence to a man convicted of killing his wife outside a city courthouse. The victim’s family says it’s the justice they’ve waited for.

Gigi Barnett has more.

Two and a half years after fatally stabbing his wife outside a Baltimore courthouse, Cleaven Williams, 33, was sentenced to life behind bars.

For the victim’s family, it’s justice but not closure.

“It feels like a relief to not have to be here and not have to hear everything that’s going on during the criminal trial, to know that this part is over,” said Carlin Robinson, victim’s cousin.

In November 2008, Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the eastern district courthouse. It’s where Williams stabbed his wife several times in the face and neck. She had just asked a judge for a protective order against Williams.

Inside the Mitchell Courthouse, the judge heard tearful pleas and descriptions from Veronica Grave Williams’ family and friends. They talked about how she suffered years of abuse in the relationship.

But the most powerful: Letters written from the couple’s three children, all telling the judge that they were afraid of their father and asking him to send Williams to jail.

“They want to know that he is going to be incarcerated for a long time,” Robinson said. “They want to be able to come on their own grounds, to be able to if they choose to see him.”

On Friday, Williams told the judge, ‘This is the darkest hour of my life. I’m truly sorry for taking someone that I can never get back.”

He went on to say: “I’ve exhausted the words ‘I’m sorry.’ I hope this tragedy can help someone to catch themselves before falling.”

While the victim’s family says it’s not enough remorse, Williams’ attorney says her client’s family wants healing.

“Now that this is over, the family can find some peace, and they can move on and raise those children to be healthy children,” said Melissa Phinn, Williams’ attorney.

The judge gave Williams a life sentence with a possibility of parole. The victim’s family had to ask the judge to make Williams serve his sentence at a prison outside of state, but the judge said he does not have the power to do that.

Williams told the judge that he needs help. The judge decided to recommend that Williams serve his sentence at Patuxent Institute, which has a mental health division.

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  1. Chalkie says:

    Wow imagine that, we get to support another person behind bars for the rest of his life. Our courts are a joke. He should have been but to death for the cold blooded murder.

    1. TDiddy says:

      I agree. He was apunk and a coward. She should’ve have sisters who would whip his ass like we did my brother in-law.

    2. James says:

      I strongly agree with you, Chalkie. But the sad thang is this the victims family thinks that life in jail is justice; it is not.True justice is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth which means a man should get what he deserves. What type of message is the goverment sending killers when they dont excute them. This is why the crime rate is so high in this city.
      My prays go out for the victims family; may the almighty comfort you.

  2. Angel says:

    There will be no parole, He is known to had killed his wife. Because of his action, He has no life. Court system of Maryland and All the rest of the court systems. How much more can we TAKE??? It time to give tough LOVE to the bad behavior people of our world. GOD knows each and every one of our Hearts. GOD also knows we got to do whatever it takes to help one another!!!

  3. Karen says:

    Wow !!!! In Maryland is life still only 20 years? Unreal

  4. Howard says:

    Just kill the a__holl. Save my money for good things, PLEASE

    1. Denise McDonald says:

      STRONGLY AGREE

      1. Denise McDonald says:

        STRONGLY AGREE WITH HOWARD…

  5. Tazo says:

    iIn a case lke this where there is no doubt, the cost the tax payers have to absorb to cloth, feed and put a roof over their head is in sane. The cost of 1 bullet is much cheaper. I only beleive in the deah penalty when you are caught in the act and thare is NO doubt. I do not believe that they should be able to appeal, they should be done away with.. You can kill some one and od less time then if you are charge with controlled substansances for personal use. i know my brother needed additiction help, but got 10 years no parole and did not learn a dam thing.

  6. Dont Believe Him says:

    not at all …not now …not ever…he stabbed her to death and now he need’s tto pay for what he has done…..no mercy at all for people like him…NONE!
    there alway’s sorry after the fact…there sorry that they got caught…he doesn’t care about anyone but himself….the poor woman just wanted to have a life with her children without being beat up all the time…May he rot in Hell and prison !

  7. Angela Mary Wilcox Hendricks says:

    The true victims are the children. I know it sounds cliche but now they have no mother or father. SOOOOOOO SAD!!!

  8. RDNKKKGRL says:

    DAMN WATS A PERSON ACTUALLY GOTTA DO TO GET THE DEATH PENALTY NOW DAYS MARYLAND IS ABOUT THE FREAKIN CRAZIEST STATE IN THE WORLD OH LIFE W/A CHASE OF POROLE THAT HELL ONLY SERVE A 1/3 OF THAT TIME FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR AND PARTICAPATING IN JAIL ACTIVITYS WHICH WILL PROBABLY B LIKE MAYB LESS THAN 10 YRS…..AND LOOK AT HIS FACE IN THE PIC ABOVE TRYING TO LOOK ALL SAD AND WAT NOT NOW HES GONNA SAY HES CRAZY TYPICAL BLACK TRASH HE REALLY NEEDS TO B SHOT!!!

  9. Ron K. from Silver Spring says:

    With all of the calls for the death penalty, do you guys realize that there is a moratorium on the death penalty in Maryland? Apparently not. I agree this was a heinous crime, and he deserves what he got. But, do you also realize that people on death row sit in prison for years and sometimes decades before being put to sleep. Furthermore, it truly is more punishing for him to have to spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Putting him to sleep, be it now or 15 years from now, would be the easy way out for him.

  10. RDNKKKGRL says:

    TAKE HIM OUT BACK AND SHOOT HIM AFTER U CASTRATE HIM HEY A BULLETS MUCH CHEAPER!!!

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