Man Facing a Total Aggregate Sentence of 33 Years After Multiple Convictions Connected to Shooting Incident

A Lancaster City man will serve up to 18 years in a State Correctional Institution after being found guilty by a jury of felony charges relating to a shooting connected to a drug deal in the 800 block of Chestnut E. Street, in the City of Lancaster.  

Chappell Williams was sentenced by Judge Thomas Sponaugle on Monday, May 3 to 9 - 18 years on charges of Aggravated Assault and Firearms Carried Without a License, and Person Not to Possess a Firearm.  In February 2019, Williams entered the back seat of the victim’s vehicle to purchase a quantity of marijuana from the victim.  During the transaction, Williams shot the victim in the chest and leg, causing serious bodily injury to the victim. 

Williams was previously sentenced in July 2020 to 7 ½ - 15 years for charges he received five days after the shooting when officers took him into custody.   Officers observed Williams throw a firearm under a vehicle prior to being taken into custody five days after the shooting.  That firearm was used in the shooting.  Williams was found guilty of Person Not to Possess a Firearm in connection with that offense. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson, who argued for the sentence to be consecutive to Williams’ prior sentence noting that he had a significant prior record, and has “been a career criminal, failing to conform to the laws of society.”  Wilson continued saying that “he thought nothing of randomly firing two shots at the victim, at point blank range, inside of a car.”

Sponaugle order this sentence to be consecutive to the July sentence for a total aggregate sentence of 16 ½ - 33 years saying, “People need to be protected from people like Chappell Williams.”

Charges were filed by Lancaster Bureau of Police Department’s Lieutenant Nathan Nickel and Sargeant Thomas Ginder.