A Florida man who was released from jail because of fear of COVID19 spreading murdered someone a day after his release.

 A Florida man who was released from jail last month to help limit the spread of COVID19 was arrested on Monday.

Joseph Edwards Williams who was convicted on drug charges, was among 163 inmates released because they were considered low-level offenders. 

According to authorities Williams was the gunman in a murder that happened the very next day after his release.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26 year old Williams for a homicide that happened on the 8000 block of Ash Avenue.

Police released a statement saying:

“There is no question Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of jail awaiting resolution of a low-level, non-violent offense. As a result, I call on the State Attorney to prosecute this defendant to the fullest extent of the law. Every murder, every violent crime, especially those involving a gun, is a sickening example of the worst in our community, especially at a time when our community is working relentlessly to fight against the spread of this deadly COVID-19.”

Additional details about the victim of the shooting was not released.

Williams is currently being held on a 280,5000 bond.

Williams had been eligible prior to release and had a $2,500 bond. 

Updated: April 15, 2020 — 2:33 pm

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