Second suspect convicted in concert holdup

Published 10:15 am Saturday, June 18, 2011

COURTLAND—A Franklin man has been convicted of 10 charges related to two armed robberies at a We Be Jammin’ concert in September.

Judge Robert O’Hara on Thursday found 22-year-old Jaquan Williams guilty of two counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, one count of abduction and several firearms counts related to the Sept. 2 holdup of teenagers at Barrett’s Landing in Franklin.

Williams will be sentenced Aug. 18 and could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 23 years on just the firearms charges alone, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke.

Unlike 21-year-old co-defendant Tremaine Freeman, who has already been sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for his part in the incident, Williams pleaded not guilty and could face a stiffer penalty because of it, Cooke said.

The abduction and attempted-robbery charges stem from taking a victim, who had nothing of value on him, hostage before committing the two robberies.