Convicted Killer Could Be Released From Prison

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

In the summer of 1991, 27 year old Onslow County resident Judy Kellum Williams was bludgeoned to death by her husband, then laid down on a bed, and set on fire.

The man behind the murder: Her husband Jolly James Williams.

Williams pleaded guilty to her murder in 1991 and has served 19 years of a life sentence behind bars.

But the State Parole Board recently informed the family that this killer could soon be freed.

Now Judy's family and the Onslow County District Attorneys Office, are writing letters to the parole board, pleading their case as to why this murderer should remain behind bars.

Jolly James Williams is currently locked up at the Duplin Correctional Center.

Because his sentence was strictly life in prison and didn't specify parole terms he's eligible for parole each year.

The family says they may know in 30 days if he will be released.


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  • by Gary Location: Jacksonville on Aug 21, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Jolly Williams should never see the lighrt of day let alone ever walk as a free man! He should have been shot instead of prison time!
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    sounds like the parole board may be from SCOTLAND U.K.!!!!!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 20, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    The man's wife(victim) is the one doing life! A non-justified homicide should be the death penalty or life without parole. The victim has no recourse....
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    I'm sure that if this murderer gets released, what goes around will most certainly come around, he just won't know when.
  • by GG on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Answer to me: If you just subtract nineteen hundred and ninety-one years from two thousand and nine years, you get the remaining years left, 1992-2009 = 18yrs. Adding the year 1991 makes it 19yrs. Count years on your fingers to verify. (Just had a math class at PCC and had to deal with this anomoly. At least you know now that we are learning something in our local educational institutions :))
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    I commend WITN for posting this story. It may very well happen across the state regularly, but most people are not aware of this travesty. If a "Life" sentence actually meant LIFE in prison, many of us would not be as opposed to a ban on the death penalty. However, a "Life" sentence currently means -"Until we decide to turn you loose on society again."
  • by me Location: nc on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    I would like to know how they get that he did 19 years when 1991 to 2009 only comes to 18 years.
  • by I'm listening Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    This yearly parole situation is common. Lots of families have to write letters to the parole board every year. Why is this particular story newsworthy?
  • by GG on Aug 20, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    Checked him out on the NCDOC site: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0442512&searchLastName=williams&searchFirstName=jolly&searchGender=M&activeFilter=2&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1 Looks like the tragedy here is that he was only charged with 2nd degree murder.
  • by MrBuckWheat Location: doesn't matter on Aug 20, 2009 at 01:18 AM
    The State Parole Board will strike again!!! It's added misery to relatives of a murder victim. How many times over the years have they released a dangerous human predator who strikes again??? Giving any criminal an early release is a krap shoot and the public is always the loser!!!
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