The charges against a St. Paul man accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy were dropped after officials watched the video and discovered problems with the teen’s story.
Keith Contrell Williams, 38, was charged with assault after a 14-year-old showed up at Regions Hospital on November 20, 2020 with cuts on his head and upper body. The teen blamed Williams for assaulting him when he and a 12-year-old friend were hanging out on a train platform outside Union Depot in St. Paul.
“After watching Union Depot’s surveillance footage, it became clear that Mr. Williams was defending himself against a 14-year-old boy,” said Dennis Gerhardstein, a spokesman for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. “We explained this to the victim’s mother before firing.”
Williams was sentenced on October 6 in an unrelated assault case.
According to this complaint, on March 24, shortly after 9 a.m., police were called to Motel 6 at 2300 Cleveland Ave. in Roseville in connection with the report of the attack.
They met William’s girlfriend, who had bruises and cuts on her face. She told police that Williams hit her several times in the face, bit her, burned her with a lighter and punched her because he believed she was unfaithful.
Williams was originally charged with one count of third-degree assault and one count of assault at home, which is a subsequent violation. The charge of assaulting the house was dismissed.
He was sentenced to a year in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, but the sentence was upheld for three years, during which he will be on probation under supervision. He was credited with a deadline of 19 days.
“He received a probationary period despite objections from the state,” Gerhardstein said.
Williams had three drug convictions, one of which was at the felony level.