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Ex-Marine gets life for murder of auto shop owner

SAN DIEGO — Xavier Akeem Adams, 20, the second former Camp Pendleton Marine who helped stab to death an Oceanside auto shop owner in a dispute over a refurbished car was sentenced April 22 to life in prison without parole, plus one year.
Adams was convicted last month of murder for the summer 2009 slaying of 23-year-old Charles Evan Williams.
Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of murder during a carjacking and murder during a robbery.
Williams was stabbed more than 50 times after an elaborate plot to kill him was planned by the main perpetrator, Raphael Roshod Ramey, 21, also a former Marine.
The victim, a father, was attacked in his auto shop after Ramey became upset because a classic red 1970 Chevrolet Impala that Williams sold him for $12,000 was not ready for delivery.
Ramey was convicted in February of first-degree murder and was also sentenced to life in prison without parole. His conviction included a special circumstance allegation of torture.
During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani said that Adams told detectives that he stood armed outside the door of Williams’ shop and was prepared to stop Williams if he tried to escape from Ramey.
Adams also said he stabbed the victim a couple of times, according to Bhayani.
The victim’s mother, Deborah Thornton Williams, addressed Adams during his sentencing hearing at the courtroom of San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Weber.
According to City News Service, Williams’ mother told Adams that he must have had evil inside of his soul.
She also said she wished District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had sought the death penalty.