San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Ex-Con Tavares Williams Gets 21 Years for Fatally Shooting Marlin McCray in Oakland

A seven-time felon was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison for fatally shooting a man in East Oakland in 2014. Tavares Williams, 40, originally was charged with murder for the shooting death of 44-year-old Marlin McCray in the 2500 block of 80th Avenue at about 10:38 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2014.

But on Sept. 6, Williams pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter as well as to an enhancement clause that he used a gun. He was sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge James Cramer today.

Williams’ prior convictions include four drug convictions, one for being a felon in possession of a firearm, one for failure to return while in a release program, and one for vehicle theft.

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