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Man Gets 30 Years For Breaking into House and Beating Woman in Front of Her Grandson

By Julie Montanaro
February 5, 2013

An elderly Tallahassee woman - beaten with a baseball bat in her own home - hopes to sleep a little easier tonight.

The man accused of breaking in and attacking her in front of her 5 year old grand son was sent to prison today.

She talked with us in an exclusive interview afterward

"I mean what gave him the right to invade my home? but justice has prevailed," Joy Kelley said after the sentencing hearing.

Maurice Williams was sentenced to 30 years in prison for breaking in to Joy Kelley's home, beating her with a baseball bat, stealing her money and her car and doing it all as Kelley's five year old grand son watched.

"That night I just wanted to protect my grandson as any grandmother would want to do as any mother would want to do," Kelley said.

Kelley says her grandson still asks about the "bad robber" and wonders if he's coming back. She no longer lets any of her grandchildren spend the night in her home.

Maurice Williams apologized for the 2012 attack saying he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol that night.

"I didn't exactly know what I was doing, but for those that I hurt, I apologize. I'm sorry. I didn't mean it. I ask that maybe you'll find it somewhere in your hearts to forgive me for what I did. If not, it's alright. I forgave myself already," Williams said. "You say justice was done. Umm. Can't say that. What I can say is I'm paying for what I have done."

"He got sentenced to 30 years and he deserves every single day of it for what he did," Kelley said.

Williams was scheduled to go to trial this week, but entered a plea on Monday instead. He entered a no contest plea to burglary with a person assaulted, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and armed carjacking. Had Williams been convicted at trial, he would have faced a life sentence.


By Julie Montanaro
February 5, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A man accused of breaking into an elderly woman's home and beating her with a baseball bat will spend the next 30 years in prison for it.

Maurice Williams apologized to the woman in court today, but said he was under the influence at the time and didn't mean it. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, he said, "I've already forgiven myself."

"I'm paying for what I have done," Williams said.

The victim, who is now 68 years old, told the judge she was attacked while her 5 year old grandson watched. He still asks about the "bad robber," she says and he is no longer allowed to spend the night with his "Gram."

The woman says she refuses to let Williams run her out of her home of 30 years.

"What right did he have to invade my home? My safe place?"

Williams was sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal. He plead no contest to burglary with a person assaulted, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and armed carjacking.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 22, 2012 - Noon

Bond is set for the man arrested for breaking into a grandmother's home, beating her and stealing her SUV.

Maurice Williams had his first appearance before a judge via video from the Leon County Jail this morning.

Judge Judith Hawkins said no bond could be given on most of Maurice Williams' charges. However, she did set a 15 thousand dollar bond on the charge of vehicle grand theft.

Police say Williams broke into the grandmother's home while she was sleeping early yesterday morning. Officers say when she tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, Williams took the bat and severely beat the woman with it; all while her six year old grandson watched.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 22, 2012 - 9:15am

Judge Judith Hawkins said no bond could be given on most of Maurice Williams' charges. However, she did set a $15,000 bond on the charge of vehicle grand theft. Police say Williams stole the victim's SUV after beating her with a baseball bat.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 22, 2012 - 9am

Maurice Williams, the man arrested for beating a woman while her 6-year-old grandson watched, is scheduled to have his first appearance before a judge this morning.

Court session has not started yet.


Kelley Family Statement

We are very saddened by the events that took place, and appreciate the community’s support and prayers during this difficult time. This has been an extremely tragic event for our family. This is especially true given that this night was to be a fun sleepover between a grandmother and her grandchild. Our mother and mother-in-law is a devoted grandmother, who loves her grandchildren deeply, and cherishes her time with them. It has been a nightmare to know the details of what took place, and to know that two people we love so deeply were subjected to this. We are very appreciative of the care and compassion of the Tallahassee Police Department and commend their valiant efforts which resulted in the arrest of the person who committed these horrific acts. That has given our family some peace while we continue through this healing process. We ask for continued prayers for our family in the days ahead.


Tallahassee, Florida - March 21, 2012

A Tallahassee man accused of breaking into a grandmother's home and stealing her SUV is behind bars. Police say the incident happened just after one on the morning of March 21st, in the 1700 block of Pepper Drive.

The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a home invasion robbery last night at approximately 1:05AM. Once on scene, it was quickly determined the suspect had stolen the victim’s SUV and fled the scene. Officers were able to locate the SUV at a nearby apartment
complex and detained a male who was later identified as the suspect.

The investigation revealed the suspect broke into the victims home while she was sleeping. The victim attempted to defend herself with a baseball bat but was overpowered by the suspect, who turned the bat on the victim, severely beating her before fleeing in her SUV. The entire incident was witnessed by a 6 year old juvenile, who was in the home at the time of the incident.

The probable cause is attached to this release; please refer to it for more details.


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