STILLWATER - Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams was found guilty on two counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery Monday night at the Payne County Courthouse.
The jury recommended one year of imprisonment for each count of rape by instrumentation and no prison time for the sexual battery charge. Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 24, decided by the judge. Williams was found not guilty on two other charges of rape by instrumentation.
As the first guilty verdict was read, Williams began to break down, sobbing and banging the table in front of him. Many in the audience, including Cowboys coach Travis Ford and others connected with the basketball program, were brought to tears, yelling of Williams' innocence.
Because of his emotional outburst, Williams was remanded to the sheriff's custody with no chance of pre-sentencing bond.
“My brother didn't do it,” Williams' sister, Alicia, yelled as her brother was taken out of the courtroom.
The charges stem from an incident that took place Dec. 10, 2010, at an off-campus party. Two women said Williams stuck his hand in their pants without consent.
Over the past two-plus emotional weeks, the defense and prosecution have presented conflicting cases.
The state relied on impassioned victim testimony, unwavering in its claim that Williams was the one who committed the crimes.
The defense questioned much of the victim's story, including the short timeline of events and the lack of physical evidence.
But in the end, after more than eight hours of deliberation, the jury felt it had enough to convict Williams on three of the five charges.
And with the slow reading of each guilty verdict, Williams' once-promising basketball career at Oklahoma State received a sharp blow.
Before being formally charged on Feb. 7, 2011, Williams was playing the best basketball of his college career. In back-to-back Big 12 wins over Missouri and Oklahoma, the 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward had a combined 33 points and 25 rebounds.
After charges were filed, Ford didn't allow Williams to play but let him remain on the team because he was convinced of Williams' innocence.
Over the past year and a half, Ford has allowed Williams to practice and travel with the team, with many players saying Williams was the best player on the practice court at times.
In the classroom, Williams, who played high school ball at Chicago Dunbar, continued to excel, making the Big 12 All-Academic team. He was expected to graduate in the next calendar year, with a limited number of units remaining.
Instead, his academic future and basketball livelihood have been put on hold, resulting from an incident that took place more than a year and a half ago and culminating in a 14-day trial that ended late Monday night.