Columbus man sentenced to 18 years in prison

A Columbus man was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison today for a 2005 shooting on Sidney Simmons Boulevard.

Jeremy Sanders, 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and four counts of aggravated assault for the Dec. 10, 2005, shooting that caused the death of Kenneth Williams.

Sanders was sentenced by Muscogee County Senior Superior Court Judge Bill Smith to 18 years in prison, followed by 7 years probation. The sentence was part of a plea agreement.

Sanders was driving a car on Sidney Simmons on the fatal night when he fired shots at a truck that cut him off, said Assistant District Attorney Doug Breault. A shot struck Williams in the head. The other four men in the truck were uninjured.

"I don't agree to manslaughter," said Vickey Daniel, the victim's mother. "It was murder. It was intent. I'm minus a child. My life has been shattered since all of this."

See Wednesday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.