BROCKTON – A 27-year-old man was convicted of the 2018 shooting death of an Avon man in Brockton, prosecutors said.
A jury on Monday, after deliberating for nearly 12 hours, convicted Renardo C. Williams, now 27, of first degree murder, assault with intent to kill, carrying a firearm and carrying gun loaded in the fatal shooting of May 12, 2018. of Bethgy Cator, 26.
A Plymouth County Superior Court judge sentenced Williams to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
That night in 2018, Brockton Police received an alert from ShotSpotter, the city’s electronic gun detection system, indicating that several shots had been fired in the 139 Pleasant Street neighborhood in parking outside a laundromat.
Brockton Police also simultaneously received a 911 call from a man stating that he had been shot several times.
At the scene, police found two men with gunshot wounds inside the vehicle.
Cator, who was the driver of the vehicle, was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, where he was pronounced dead. The second victim survived the shooting.
Brockton Police have contacted State Police detectives assigned to the Plymouth County Attorney’s Office and a joint investigation has begun.
Prosecutors said surveillance video and witness statements established Williams encountered the two victims at a Pleasant Street convenience store minutes before the shooting.
“In an apparent effort to complete a drug deal, Williams entered the back of Cator’s vehicle, which drove to 139 Pleasant Street,” the prosecutor’s office said in a written statement. “Williams then got out of the back seat and opened fire on Cator and the second victim.”
Prosecutors said Williams fled to Delaware in the days following the shooting, but was arrested on warrant on May 16, 2018.
During a two-week trial in Brockton Superior Court, the jury heard details of police interviews and reviewed surveillance video taken in the area of the shooting that night.
Brockton Police found 11 .40 caliber shell casings outside the vehicle on Pleasant Street. Prosecutors also presented evidence found at the scene, including Williams’ fingerprints on the driver’s side rear door of Cator’s vehicle.
Deputy District Attorneys David Cutshall and Jennifer Sprague continued the case.
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