Man Convicted of Three Counts of Felony Second Degree Robbery

Press release from the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office:

Humboldt County District Attorney DA BlurOn April 30, 2018, a jury convicted Ezra Keith Williams of three counts of felony second degree robbery. The charges stemmed from the robberies of Umpqua and Tri-Counties banks in Henderson Center in Eureka and another at the Subway restaurant on Myrtle Avenue, all between December 23, 2016 and January 20, 2017. In all three incidents, two perpetrators wore masks and displayed firearms, which were later determined to be BB guns designed to mimic standard handguns. Through review of video and examination of additional physical and digital evidence, an investigation led by Senior Detective Ronald Harpham of the Eureka Police Department (EPD) linked Mr. Williams and Rocky Karl Keene to the robberies. EPD arrested Mr. Williams on February 1, 2017. Mr. Keene fled Humboldt County, but was later arrested out of state on a Humboldt County felony warrant and fresh out-of-state criminal charges.

Mr. Keene was extradited to Humboldt County in September 2017 and pled guilty to two counts of felony second degree robbery in November 2017. He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for his robbery convictions. Mr. Keene had a minimal criminal record before the 2016/2017 robberies.

Mr. Williams’ criminal trial included his admission of two prior violent-felony convictions (“strike priors”) for two second degree robberies in March and April 2010. In addition to the potential application of the “three strikes” law, Mr. Williams’ prior prison sentence for the earlier crimes provided the basis for “special allegations” which could lengthen his current sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5th, 2018.

Mr. Williams’ just-completed trial began on April 9, 2018 and included over 20 witnesses – the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office greatly appreciates the time and effort of the jury. The investigative team included officers from both EPD and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy District Attorney Brent Kling prosecuted the case with the assistance of District Attorney Investigators Gary Cooper and Martin Perrone.

Earlier Chapter: Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspect

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8 comments

  • Now we tax aying law abiding citizens have feed ,house ,cloth ,for the rest of his days.Kind of sucks, for us .

    • Other than being in prison, you would rather have them out doing more robberies and maybe killing someone??? Sign of the times…………….more and more people are going to go to prison. Instead of providing cable TV, basketball courts and weight rooms, that money should be spent on food and bare necessities for prisoners. What will decrease crime is initial, severe consequences instead of giving people 4-5 chances. That Ammon girl and Burgess should get 5 years minimum immediately. Our laws need to start sending a strong message to criminals………..’we are tired of it!!”

    • That’s the least of the bullshit you pay for.. and even that won’t make it to the inmate.. the wardens building a new beach house.

  • No worries for him if sentenced in humboldt, we have the 30strikes your still good to go law, obviously just an ambitious man with a drug problem, poor fella.

  • Why no pictures of these over achievers?
    We need to be on the lookout after their early release

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