Friday, February 17, 2012
John Patti and The Associated Press
A man who prosecutors say fatally shot an off-duty state trooper after getting thrown out of a restaurant has been convicted of first-degree murder.
Prince George’s County Circuit Court convicted Cyril Cornelius Williams on Friday after a five-day trial. He will be sentenced May 10, when prosecutors will ask for life without parole.
Prosecutors say on June 11, 2010, Trooper Wesley Brown was off duty working security at an Applebee’s restaurant in Forestville. Brown told Williams, who was disorderly, to leave. Williams called friend and arranged to get a gun, then returned to the restaurant and shot the 24-year-old Brown, who had stepped outside to make a phone call.
Governor Martin O’Malley has issued this statement:
“I commend the dedication and work of the Maryland State Police, the Prince George’s County Police Department, and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office in helping to secure the conviction of Cyril Cornelius Williams. The loss of TFC Wesley W. Brown reminds all of us that the men and women of our public safety agencies risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the people of our State safe. Today’s conviction will not end the mourning of TFC Brown’s family or of the men and women of the Maryland State Police. We will continue to keep them in our prayers and be forever grateful for their service and sacrifice.”
Statement from Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown:
A jury found the defendant, Cyril Cornelious Williams, guilty in the death of one of Maryland’s Finest, Trooper First Class Wesley W. Brown.
Although Williams has been convicted of first degree murder and other related counts, TFC Brown’s devotion to keeping people safe will not be forgotten. Whether working with young people in a mentoring group he had founded, patrolling our highways as a Maryland state trooper or working
off-duty security assignments, his loyalty and commitment to the safety of others was evident.
During the early morning hours on June 11, 2010, TFC Wesley Brown was shot and killed while working off-duty security in Prince George’s County. Justice was served today, due to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit.
TFC Brown will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, his fellow troopers and all those who look to him as a role model.