Michael Williams, 21, was sentenced Tuesday by Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Joanne M. Winslow to the maximum of 32 years to life in prison for the fatal shooting of Alexander Marquez on Jan. 5, 2012, and the assault of Christian Ramos.
On that date, Williams and a 15-year-old accomplice, Treyquan Davis, met the victims in a park on Bauer Street in the city of Rochester to purchase marijuana. Williams and Davis attempted to rob the victims at gunpoint. Marquez was shot twice in the back and died. Ramos was shot in the leg and shoulder.
Williams was caught just days later in Steuben County. After a jury trial in November, Williams was found guilty of two counts each of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of second-degree assault.
The case was prosecuted by Julie Hahn, chief of the Nonviolent Felony Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gallagher, of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.
“This was a senseless act over an ounce of weed,” Hahn said. “Many lives have been irreparably damaged as a result of this crime.”
Davis pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in November and is serving a sentence of three and a half to 10 years.