Former OSU basketball player Darrell Williams released from jail after 1-year sentence suspended

BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Modified: October 12, 2012 at 11:45 am •  Published: October 12, 2012

STILLWATER  —  Former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams was given a one-year suspended sentence Friday morning, and and was released from custody at the Payne County Courthouse.

In July, Williams was convicted of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery, stemming from an incident at an off-campus party in December 2010, when two girls accused him of putting his hands inside their pants without their consent.

With the sentence suspended and time already served, he was released after the hearing but must register as a sex offender.

After the sentencing, when asked by the judge if he had anything to say, a solemn Williams, dressed in an orange ‘Payne County Jail’ jumpsuit responded: “I didn’t do it.”

The packed courtroom was filled with supporters, including OSU coach Travis Ford, athletic director Mile Holder and many current OSU basketball players, creating a tense and emotional scene.

Nine uniformed officers roamed the room, keeping peace, while Williams’ mother, in tears, and a few others had to leave the room.

A large group of Williams’ family members came down from Chicago, dressed in 'Free Darrell' shirts and pleading with the judge for a new trial.

But the motion was denied, after the judge said he reviewed between 1,500 to 2,000 pages of submitted documents and didn’t find sufficient evidence.

“We thought that we had proven that the new trial motion should be granted,” defense attorney Cheryl Ramsey said of the decision.

Williams must register as a Level 1 sex offender, deemed the least dangerous, for at least 15 years.

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