Williams Served 12 Years for Murder

Widow of Ft. Wayne Slaying Victim Prays That Killer Will Turn Life Around

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 27, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 4:41 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Choosing forgiveness over bitterness.

The widow of Prince Chapman wants the best for her husband's killer.

Rosa Chapman would never deny that it still hurts.

But on the day Jamone Williams was released from prison for a Fort Wayne slaying that captured headlines for weeks, she holds out hope that the awful violence won't be totally in vain.

It is still hard to believe Jamone Williams was 12 years old when he shot the 64-year old Chapman three times in the head, and allowed him to bleed to death outside his auto repair shop on Chute Street.

Chapman devoted much of his life to coaching and mentoring troubled central city youth like Williams.

Rosa Chapman says she wants to see a Fort Wayne church come alongside her husband's killer.

" I would love to see that happen, if some minister would take him on, and I pray that he would accept that. But he has to be willing to receive help, and I pray that he would do that," said Chapman.

Williams pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2000, and was given a 25-year prison sentence.

The Chapman family endorsed the deal.

As is customary in Indiana, he did about half of the 25-year ordered punishment, most in an adult prison.

He is set to spend 5 years on home detention now.

When our partner in news, the Journal Gazette, approached Williams' mother to see if her son would be living with her on house arrest, she said, "You don't need to know that."

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