SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former Camp Pendleton Marine who participated in the beating and stabbing death of an Oceanside businessman in a dispute over a refurbished car was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus one year.
Xavier Akeem Adams, 20, was convicted last month of murder during a robbery and murder during an attempted carjacking in the Aug. 23, 2009, slaying of 23-year-old Charles Evan Williams.
Williams was attacked in his auto shop when another Marine, 21-year-old Raphael Ramey, became upset because a classic red 1970 Chevrolet Impala Williams sold him for $12,000 was not ready for delivery.
Williams was stabbed and slashed more than 50 times.
Adams told detectives he was armed and standing outside the door of Williams' business and was prepared to stop the victim if he tried to get away from Ramey.
Adams also said he stabbed Williams a couple of times, according to Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani.
Ramey and Adams were active duty Marines at the time of the murder but were separated from the Corps a couple of months later, Bhayani said.
Deborah Thornton Williams, the victim's mother, spoke directly to Adams during his sentencing hearing before Judge Joan Weber.
"We cannot understand how anyone could have done what you've done," she said. "The only way that I've been able to even grasp it is to imagine that there must have been something very evil inside of you. I believe you allowed evil into your soul."
The mother said she wished District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis would have decided to seek the death penalty.
"We don't feel that there's really any reason why you should continue to live your life when you've taken our son's life," Thornton Williams said. "I hope that you rot in prison, and that you rot in hell, because we believe that is what's going to happen to the one who has let evil into their body."
The mother said her son, affectionately called "Chuckie," had a big heart.
"He wanted everyone to do well. He wanted everyone to live right and respect people," his mother told the court.
Roseanne Kiss, who ran a sign shop near Williams' business, said the victim was a "good kid, the kind you'd want your daughter to marry."
Williams, in fact, was planning to marry his girlfriend and loved her daughter, his mother said.
The judge told Adams he was a very young man who had just completed basic training in the Marine Corps.
"It's so upsetting to this court to see two, young active duty Marines commit such an unconscionable crime," Weber said.
Ramey was convicted in February of first-degree murder, with a special circumstance allegation of torture, and was also sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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