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Driver in deadly chase gets 40 years

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Williams, who also goes by Robert Byrd, was charged with felony evasion causing the death of another. Williams, who also goes by Robert Byrd, was charged with felony evasion causing the death of another.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson man who led Ridgeland police officers on a high-speed chase into Flowood in February 2012 will spend the next four decades behind bars.

Robert Williams, 49, was sentenced to serve the maximum sentence of 40 years without the possibility of parole. Williams, who also goes by Robert Byrd, was convicted of felony evasion causing the death of another after a two-day trial.

Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said during the chase Williams ran into another car at the intersection of Highway 25 and Grants Ferry Road in Flowood killing 37-year-old Milinda Teresa Clark. Clark was on her way to church and died at the scene.

Guest says Williams and a female companion stole $600 worth of groceries from Kroger in Ridgeland. The high-speed chase started after the manager of Kroger called police. Officers attempted to disable Williams' vehicle with stop sticks several times but were unable to deploy the devices because of his dangerous and erratic driving, Guest said.

Williams has 12 previous felony convictions in Mississippi and Georgia, including burglary, grand larceny, forgery, uttering forgery, shoplifting, conspiracy to shoplift, possession of cocaine and felony evasion, Guest said.

"Williams is a career criminal who has previously been convicted a dozen times, and I am very proud that he has been removed from our streets.  His actions that morning of taking law enforcement on a pursuit that on numerous occasions topped 100 miles per hour endangered the lives of everyone and ultimately led to the death of Ms. Clark," Guest stated in a press release.

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