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July 11, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY and VIRGINIA ELLIS and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are quiet, devoutly religious men, and bright as can be. The younger one grew up a bit of a "nerd," playing chess at recess and bicycling everywhere. The older is nuts about horticulture. So no one saw this coming, not for Matt and Tyler Williams. No one can quite believe the small-town honor students--who aggressively preached their conservative religious beliefs but toed the line all their lives--may have become cogs in America's white supremacist machinery.
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July 19, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two brothers under investigation in the murder of a Redding area gay couple and three synagogue fires here appear to have been heavily influenced in recent years by an apocalyptic, anti-Semitic faith that has been a unifying force for the fractious white supremacist movement in the 1990s, experts and law enforcement officials said.
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July 19, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two brothers under investigation in the murder of a Redding area gay couple and three synagogue fires here appear to have been heavily influenced in recent years by an apocalyptic, anti-Semitic faith that has been a unifying force for the fractious white supremacist movement in the 1990s, experts and law enforcement officials said.
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July 11, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY and VIRGINIA ELLIS and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are quiet, devoutly religious men, and bright as can be. The younger one grew up a bit of a "nerd," playing chess at recess and bicycling everywhere. The older is nuts about horticulture. So no one saw this coming, not for Matt and Tyler Williams. No one can quite believe the small-town honor students--who aggressively preached their conservative religious beliefs but toed the line all their lives--may have become cogs in America's white supremacist machinery.
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February 27, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
James Tyler Williams has agreed to a plea deal in the July 1999 killings of a gay couple in Happy Valley, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Williams, 32, is expected to plead guilty Friday in Shasta County Superior Court to killing Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder with the help of his older brother, Benjamin Matthew Williams, in a rural area near Redding. Benjamin Williams killed himself in November in the Shasta County jail.
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September 7, 2001 | From Times Staff, Wire Reports
Two brothers accused of torching three synagogues in the capital city two years ago reportedly will plead guilty today under an agreement with federal prosecutors. Under terms of the deal, Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, is expected to plead guilty to arson and receive a sentence of 30 years in federal prison, according to KCRA-TV in Sacramento. His brother, James Tyler Williams, will enter a similar plea and also be sentenced to a 30-year term, the station reported.
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September 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
Two brothers accused of killing a gay couple must stand trial in the hate-crime case and may face the death penalty if convicted, a judge ruled Tuesday. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and James Tyler Williams, 29, will each be tried on two counts of first-degree murder and related charges, Shasta County Superior Court Judge James Ruggiero said. The brothers are accused of killing Gary Matson, 50, and Winfield Scott Mowder, 40, in July.
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November 24, 1999 | From Associated Press
The government will seek the death penalty for two brothers accused of murdering two gay men, and a prosecutor said evidence about synagogue arsons in Sacramento will help show that their hate crimes merit execution. "There was a significant amount of planning that went into these murders," Shasta County Dist. Atty. McGregor Scott said Tuesday after a brief court hearing. "I think that speaks volumes about the nature of this case."
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April 5, 2000 | From Reuters
Two brothers accused of murdering a gay couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges of torching three Sacramento-area synagogues and a building housing an abortion clinic. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and James Tyler Williams, 30, pleaded not guilty to last summer's attacks, which caused more than $1 million in damage.
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September 8, 2001 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two gangly brothers described as white supremacists pleaded guilty Friday to setting fires that severely damaged three synagogues and an abortion clinic during a wave of terror in the summer of 1999. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, and James Tyler Williams, 31, entered the pleas as part of a deal with prosectors that clears the way for a trial next year on charges that the pair murdered a gay couple.
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July 20, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities Monday charged two stridently religious brothers with the premeditated murder of a prominent gay couple, calling it a hate crime motivated by the sexual orientation of the victims. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and his 29-year-old brother, James Tyler Williams, face arraignment today in Shasta County Superior Court on six counts of murder and robbery. Shasta County Dist. Atty. McGregor W.
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December 1, 2001 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a courtroom crowded with Jewish leaders on hand to denounce their religious and racial hatred, two brothers were sentenced to long prison terms Friday for the 1999 torching of three synagogues. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, mastermind of the arson attacks, to 30 years in prison. James Tyler Williams, 31, was sentenced to 21 years and 3 months. The brothers still face trial next year on charges of killing a gay couple outside Redding.
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