Several years ago, Kyle 'Bonecrusher' Williams came out of Bollingbrook Illinois as one of the top outside linebackers in America. He was slated to start school at Iowa, and move right into the weak-side OLB spot his first year with the Hawkeyes. Bonecrusher lasted all of one week in pre-season football camp, then hightailed it out of Iowa City. He later ended up in West Lafayette, where he compiled an 'outstanding' year for the Purdue Boilermakers, on the field.
Off the field was another story. Bonecrusher attacked, and attempted sexual assault on at leas 2 woman in West Lafayette. Yesterday Indiana courts sentenced Williams, who left Purdue after his freshman year to 37 year sin prison for the assaults. Story here in the Indy Star.
Kyle D. Williams, 21, of Bolingbrook, Ill., was convicted by a jury in April of one count of attempted rape, and two counts each of battery and confinement in connection with the attacks, which occurred 90 minutes apart the night of Nov. 29, 2005.
Williams faces further charge sin his native Illinois for more attempted sexual assaults committed while he awaited trial for the Indiana assaults:
While Williams was free on bond awaiting trial, according to authorities in DuPage County, Ill., he carried out a similar attack on another woman in a parking garage there. He still is awaiting trial on those charges."The elements of the attacks are so similar that it appears to be ritualistic in some way," Judge Thomas Busch of Tippecanoe Superior Court 2 in imposing the prison term, just four years shorter than deputy prosecutor Laura Zeman recommended.Busch noted that each of the attacks was planned in advance. Williams wore similar homemade masks during each incident and attacked the female victims from behind.Before the sentencing Thursday, Williams pleaded guilty to an unrelated burglary that occurred 19 days before the attacks when he broke into a teammate's dorm room, stole his laptop computer and sold it at an Illinois pawn shop.
Williams defense might be thinking of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy defense, which the judge didn't buy:
Hey, where were the steroids?Williams, who had suffered two concussions during the previous football season, had been released from his scholarship at Purdue days before the attacks.Williams' father, Steve Williams, said the crimes were "totally out of character" for his son, who was raised in a good home. He attributed the crime spree to the brain injuries, which were not used as a defense during his son's trial.Williams' attorney, Kent Moore, said that while the brain injuries did not rise to the level of a legal defense, the best explanation for the behavior is that "something organic happened to him."..."There's clearly a strong element of denial, of evasion, of dishonesty in these statements," Busch said."I think you need to come to terms with your own mind and try to find out how this happened.