SAN DIEGO — In a significant development, former San Ysidro High School basketball sensation Mikey Williams has reached a plea agreement in his firearm-related case, potentially sparing him from prison time. The agreement, solidified during a readiness hearing in El Cajon Superior Court, comes ahead of a scheduled Dec. 14 jury trial.
Williams, who initially faced nine felony counts stemming from an alleged incident in March, where he purportedly fired a handgun into an occupied vehicle at his Jamul residence, has pleaded guilty to two felony charges. The charges include making criminal threats and personal use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. The agreement outlines a path for Williams to avoid a felony conviction, with a potential misdemeanour and no prison sentence if he successfully completes specified conditions.
As part of the deal, Williams must undergo classes in anger management and gun safety, engage in cognitive behavioral therapy, and perform 80 hours of community service. The dismissal of the firearm charge and reduction of the criminal threat charge to a misdemeanor hinge on his successful completion of these requirements by the sentencing date on Aug. 12.
Randy Grossman, a seasoned criminal defense attorney recently added to Williams’ legal team, emphasized the player’s acceptance of responsibility for his actions and commitment to learning from the mistakes made as an 18-year-old. Grossman asserted Williams’s desire to continue serving as a positive role model for younger individuals, cautioning them against similar errors in judgment.
In a social media post, Williams expressed gratitude and excitement for overcoming the situation, eagerly anticipating his return to the basketball court. Despite facing a maximum of 13 years in prison for the two felonies, Grossman does not anticipate any custodial sentence, given Williams’ previously clean record.
The plea agreement also raises questions about Williams’ future with the University of Memphis basketball team, where he committed to play after an illustrious high school career. The university had previously stated that Williams could not participate in team activities until his legal process in California concluded. Grossman revealed ongoing communication with Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and Athletic Director Laird Veatch, expressing optimism about Williams’s continued support from the university.
While the legal proceedings move forward, the spotlight remains on Mikey Williams, who, despite the challenges, strives to reclaim his place on the basketball court and continue his academic journey at the University of Memphis.