At the conclusion of an emotionally charged proceeding, Bossier Parish District Judge Parker Self sentenced Keuntrel Knight to a total of 47 years in prison for shooting both Reese Williams, Sr. and his 5-year-old son, RJ. The incident occurred on July 30, 2017, in a trailer park in East Bossier City. Williams, Sr. was shot twice in the back and sustained life-threatening injuries, but survived. RJ was shot in the head by a round from Knight’s gun and killed instantly.
According to prosecutors, the father had driven that night to his ex-girlfriends’ trailer in search of his wallet which he thought he had left at the residence earlier in the day when they spent time together with their children. According to Williams, Sr., he was let into the trailer where he encountered an armed Keuntrel Knight who began firing without provocation. Williams, Sr. denies there was any confrontation between the two men. Knight pursued Williams as he fled the trailer and shot him twice in the back. One of the bullets from Knight’s gun shattered the car window and struck RJ who was strapped into his car seat. Two other young children in the car were unharmed.
In January, on the day the trial was to begin, Knight plead guilty to manslaughter for the killing of the child and attempted manslaughter for the shooing of the father. He was sentenced by Judge Self to 35 years at hard labor for the killing of the child and 12 years for shooting the boy’s father. At the sentencing hearing, several witnesses made statements on behalf of Knight. Members of the family of the victims also made statements and explained how the crime had affected their entire family.
“RJ was a beautiful 5 year old little boy full of life. Our hearts are forever broken. We miss him so much following behind his Dad and PaPa and riding around in the yard in his Red Corvette. Our family cannot express the gratitude we have for the Bossier District Attorney’s office who did everything to help our family through this very painful journey to achieve justice for RJ” said Patricia Williams, the child’s grandmother.
“This is a tragic situation involving the senseless killing of an innocent child. Our office will continue to tirelessly seek justice for victims of crime and will never stop until we achieve justice for victims like the family of this precious child” commented Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin. “The Bossier Police Department did an excellent job investigating this case” Marvin noted.
Keuntrel Knight was defended by attorneys Patricia Gilley and Tristan Gilley.