Crystal Williams will spend the rest of her life in prison after admitting Friday to having arranged for a friend to kill her husband, Shane, at their Dacusville home so the two could split his life insurance money.
Williams, 35, pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy and was sentenced to life without parole in Pickens County court.
“I’m sorry,” she said in a barely audible voice, when asked by Judge Letitia Verdin if she had anything to say before sentencing.
Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins told the judge that Williams called 911 in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, telling a dispatcher that she had heard gunshots and found her husband in the floor of their home at 117 Devon Court, Easley.
She had asked her husband of 14 years to get up to put wood in their stove heater and had made arrangements for Marcus Channing Johnson to gun him down when he got out of bed, Wilkins said.
The two had been texting and chatting by phone to plan the murder, he said.
The couple’s 10-year-old son was at home during the shooting, Wilkins said. There was no sign of forced entry.
Shane Williams’ father, Michael Williams, read a statement to the judge before the sentencing, calling his son, “a dedicated son, husband and father.”
“God was first in Shane’s life,” he said.
He was a Sunday school teacher at Cedar Rock Baptist Church.
“Every day we are reminded of his loss,” his father said. “His life was cut short by an act of senseless, evil greed.”
Several relatives of Crystal Williams attended the hearing but declined to speak when asked by the judge if they had anything to say.
Defense attorney Dorothy Manigault said Crystal Williams had no history of mental illness.
She worked for an insurance company and was a graduate of Pickens County schools, she said.
“She has continued to express remorse and sorrow ever since this event,” Manigault said.
Johnson faces charges of murder, conspiracy and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to court records.