LOCAL : Officer's Death Planner Convicted

From Times wire services

A man who helped plan the 1985 revenge slaying of an off-duty police detective was convicted today of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, but he was acquitted of the actual murder charge. Voltaire Williams, 25, of Los Angeles was scheduled to be sentenced in Van Nuys Municipal Court on March 27 and faces up to 25 years to life in state prison.

He was convicted of helping plan the Oct. 31, 1985, murder of Los Angeles Police Detective Thomas Williams, who was gunned down as he picked up his 6-year-old son at a Canoga Park day-care center. The child was not injured. Two other men have been convicted in the murder.

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