Crime & Courts

Teen murder victim’s mother says killer ‘robbed me of my joy’ in letter after plea


Isaiah Green, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges Thursday morning in the December death of a teen whose body was found near Idlewild Elementary in southeast Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenberg police arrested Green and charged him with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Israel Jacob Williams. Green’s bond was set at $1 million.

Williams’ body was found by a student walking to school. Police said they didn’t believe the shooting happened during school hours.

As part of the plea arrangement, prosecutors reduced Green’s murder charges from first- to second-degree. Green’s sentence will be between 12 years and 15 years, five months.

Williams’ grandmother and other family members appeared in court with a handmade poster with photos of Williams as a child and teenager. A family member read a letter from Williams’ mother in which she said Green “robbed me of my joy.”

“You owe all of us so much,” she read from the letter. “This is a debt that will never be repaid.”

Williams was active in the community and always helping people, his grandmother said tearfully, but got involved with a group of friends who were unsupportive and left him feeling like he didn’t matter.

“He will never be able to right his wrongs, get married or have children,” she said. “We don’t request the death penalty, but we do expect justice from the courts.”

Eight of Green’s family and friends were present to support him. Green and his mother had both written letters of apology to Williams’ mother, attorney Marc Towler said.

Taylor Blatchford: 704-358-5354, @blatchfordtr