The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 19, 2013

Man apologizes to judge for courtroom behavior

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — About a month after Ramone J. Williams fidgeted, snorted and made several profanity-laced outbursts during a court appearance, he was much better behaved for his next court date Thursday.

At his arraignment March 19 Williams, who is charged in the traffic death of Leslie J. Keller, told District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, “I didn’t kill nobody,” and said he was Jeff Gordon, the NASCAR race car driver.

“Sorry about that last visitation,” Williams, 26, of 130 Smith Ave., Sharon, said at his preliminary hearing before Antos.

Williams agreed to a stipulation that prosecutors could show a crime occurred and he might have been involved, and Antos held for court charges of homicide by vehicle, accident involving death while not properly licensed, driving without a license, driving under suspension, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police said Williams stole a car from Sharon, picked up Keller, and crashed the car Jan. 28 into a fire hydrant and a tree on Roemer Boulevard near Park Avenue, Farrell.

Keller, 23, formerly of Farrell and Brookfield, died of his injuries Feb. 6, police said.

During small talk with Antos, when Antos said he wanted to take care of his grandchildren, Williams responded, “I want to take care of my son. He’s only 4 months.”

Williams was also charged April 9 by the Mercer County sheriff with pulling a Mercer County Jail guard’s arm through a food pass opening in his cell in Findley Township; spitting on two officers; throwing urine on another; and threatening to kill, shoot or punch others, police said.

Earlier in the day, District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, held for court charges of one count of assault by a prisoner and two counts each of aggravated harassment by a prisoner and terroristic threats. She dismissed three counts of terroristic threats, and jacked up his bond from $50,000 to $250,000.