The family of slain activist Tyrone Williams hosted a press conference Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 17) at the Hennepin County Government Center to call for more charges after a jury’s conviction of a lone shooter.
Sid Strickland-Green was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder in the shooting death of Williams on Tuesday.
“After deliberating for about 11 hours over two days, Strickland-Green, 28, of Minneapolis, will be sentenced Feb. 11,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement Tuesday. “Prosecutors will be seeking the maximum sentence under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.”
Williams was killed April 3, 2018, just steps away from his mother’s Northside home and spent the day surrounded by family, rapping a Dr. Seuss book to his children.
While Freeman’s office has stated that evidence does not support the involvement of any other suspects, Williams’ family and supporters said that justice has not been completely served as they believe there were two other suspects involved.
Calling it a “hit-for-hire,” Tyrone’s sister Raeisha Williams said there was substantial evidence for additional convictions.
“There were multiple messages on Facebook showing that one of the men was threatening to kill Tyrone and reached out to others on Facebook to kill him,” Raeisha said during the press conference.
“Prosecuting one-third is not doing the entire job and you were hired to do 100 percent of the job,” Marques Armstrong, community activist told reporters, calling for more action from the County Attorney’s office
Williams’ mother Rosemary Nevils-Williams urged community members that may have information about the murder to come forward.
“We knew who did it before the police did,” said Nevil-Williams. “The community came forward and told us. I’m sure there’s some more information out there that someone has.”
Anyone with additional information related the shooting is encouraged to the County Attorney’s office or the Minneapolis Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS.