17-year-old to serve 10 years for manslaughter

Jan 24, 2008 | Posted by: The South Mississippi Sun Herald | Full story: The South Mississippi Sun Herald

“Ten years in prison sounds bad for a 17-year-old, but it's a lot better than a life sentence.”

James Richard Lago, 'Jimmy' to family and friends, was only 16 when he stabbed 21-year-old Ryan Lee Williams to death.

But Lago 'made a man's decision,' said Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson as she sentenced him Monday on a guilty plea to manslaughter. Dodson imposed the maximum penalty of 20 years but suspended 10 years, leaving 10 to serve and three years' probation. She also ordered him to pay for Williams' funeral.

Lago, now 17, was charged with murder in Williams' slaying of Dec. 9, 2006, in Saucier. A Harrison County grand jury indicted him on the lesser charge of manslaughter. Lago was set for trial this week but changed his plea in a hearing that witnesses said was so emotional it brought tears to the eyes of strangers waiting for unrelated hearings. Read more

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SaucierMan

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I am sorry now that I voted for that judge. Ryan forced his way into that boys home and assaulted the occupants. I knew Ryan and I was not surprised to hear that he was stabbed. Unless there was a serious record of violent crime behind Lago there was no reason to throw away the key on him. I did'nt like Ryan but I am not happy to have seen him killed. I did not know Lago but I know he was in his own home. I am told Ryan went to that house to collect a debt by force.
SaucierMan

Idaho Falls, ID

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Feb 4, 2008
 
where did my last post go?
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Idaho Falls, ID

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Feb 6, 2008
 
SaucierMan wrote:
I am sorry now that I voted for that judge. Ryan forced his way into that boys home and assaulted the occupants. I knew Ryan and I was not surprised to hear that he was stabbed. Unless there was a serious record of violent crime behind Lago there was no reason to throw away the key on him. I did'nt like Ryan but I am not happy to have seen him killed. I did not know Lago but I know he was in his own home. I am told Ryan went to that house to collect a debt by force.
Just because one boy forces his way into another boys home... does not give him the right to kill the other. I would have given him the maximum sentence. GO JUDGE DODSON!
RIP Ryan Lee Williams

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I am a very close friend to Ryan's family and children. Yes, Ryan was in the wrong by going into Jimmy's house, BUT he was there to get DRUG money FROM jimmy...so Jimmy was not a little angel himself!!..Maybe you don't agree with Ryan's way of providing for his family but he always made sure he did.And this particular day he was getting money for his daughter's diapers! Also, Ryan's girl friend was four months pregnant when he got killed. So his youngest child will NEVER get to meet her father!..Maybe ten years seems like a while to be locked up and considering he will be spending an entire decade of his young adulthood in jail does seem a little extreme to some. But Ryan's family will suffer FOREVER. They will NEVER get to see him again. Jimmy has another Chance!!!!!
SaucierMan

Biloxi, MS

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Actually as the law reads now you do have a right to use deadly force to defend yourself from a home invader. Ryan did'nt just force his way into the home. As I understand it he forced his way in and started attacking people in the home. Five years I could have understood because drug dealers do deserver to do time. However turning Ryan into some kind of hero here is a joke. His friends are spray painting the neighborhood in his memory. In one place it says RIP Ryan this is your hood for life. Then right up the rode it says Latin Kings for life sprayed with the same spray can. Ryan had plenty of other ways to support his family. His mothers boyfriend owns a small buisness that I am sure he could have worked at aswell as learned a trade. Now Ryans friends are walking around the neighborhood throwing up gang signs and telling the decent kids in the neighborhood that soon they will have everyone around there hooked on crack. Ryan was'nt just a drug dealer. He was the kind that recruited young kids to do his dirty work. My heart goes out to his mother but lets be honest here. Ryan attacked somebody and got stabed. It really is that simple.
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You have no heart!You are right however by saying.."he got stabbed, it's that simple"..for RYAN yes, he got stabbed and that was the end..for his family and friends and everyone else...NOT THE CASE!! and by putting Jimmy behind bars for a while does bring SOME BIT of closure and security to his family. The examples you gave about his friends writing R.I.P. ryan in the neighborhood..that's ways of remembering and trying to make everyone else remember him too!!I mean THINK ABOUT IT, if you knew someone who was hooked on drugs and just not living a good life and they died.would the fact that they did drugs and did wrong things before they died make you miss them any less?... NO!!!!!!!! And as far as Ryan's friends walking around your neighborhood throwing up gang signs, that was going on BEFORE Ryan passed away and as long as there are family and friends of his and people who love and miss him, they will make sure his life is remembered HOWEVER they feel the need!!Spray painting the road and throwing up gang signs is not just now occuring because Ryan Lee Williams died.COM E ON!!!BE REALISTIC!! AND PUT YOURSELF IN THE PEOPLE WHO DID LOVE HIM AND WERE CLOSE TO HIM'S POSITION!!
Don't just assume because he made some wrong decisions THAT he DESERVED for this to happen!!becasue in reality,.........His daughter deserved to meet her FATHER!!!!!!!!!!
glockowner

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It sounds like Ryan chose his lifestyle. A thugs only way out is death or jail. It was only a matter of time. And as a previous poster stated, the kid had every right to defend himself in his own home.
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Livin' that "Thug Life"!
The way I see it...one thug dead, one in prison.
Two less low lives for society to have to deal with.
concerned

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Jun 30, 2008
 
someone said he has drinking at club 49 is that so
RIP Ryan Lee Williams

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concerned:
someone said who was drinking at club 49?
Saucier

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Its funny how you say a guy has no heart because he did'nt want to see a kid go to prison for 10 years for stabbing a guy that was attacking him in his own home. I wander if I were to come into your house because of something random like calling the cops on me and start beating on your family what you would do?
The neighborhood is alot quieter these days. Lets see the list.
Chris: In prison
Drake: In jail
Anthony: hiding out with a warrant/doing tons of coke
Blake:Hospital
no more wannabe gang signs
no more drug deals at 3am
Kalah

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This was my brother the one that was killed.
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jimmy lago will get whats coming imma make sure of it an who ever you are saucier man you can get yours to if i new who you was i would beat you head in wit a brick you week cowart!!like i said its a eye for a eye jimmy took ryans life now jimmys life will be takin that is a promis..jimmys parents get to visit him in prison you bitch we have to see ryan an a grave yard..dont try to judge someone when you have no clue what they have been throu in life you week spinless weak cowart its easy for you to talk shit about him now cause hes in a hole but best believe if he was alive an you seen him out an about you would have run away like tha bitch you are!!!!!!!!!!
SaucierMan

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rip ryan wrote:
jimmy lago will get whats coming imma make sure of it an who ever you are saucier man you can get yours to if i new who you was i would beat you head in wit a brick you week cowart!!like i said its a eye for a eye jimmy took ryans life now jimmys life will be takin that is a promis..jimmys parents get to visit him in prison you bitch we have to see ryan an a grave yard..dont try to judge someone when you have no clue what they have been throu in life you week spinless weak cowart its easy for you to talk shit about him now cause hes in a hole but best believe if he was alive an you seen him out an about you would have run away like tha bitch you are!!!!!!!!!!
Now I am not a spelling Nazi but come on man. Frankly I do speak my opinion eye to eye. I saw the cops and ambulance at the fork the other night. That's actually the reason I came on here. I was curious. The dogs were all crying I assume something bad happened. You called me a weak coward. I shouldn't judge Ryan because I don't know what he's been through. Actually I do know what Ryan went through. I have met his mom.... The fact is the fewer of you that are out of jail at any given time the more peaceful this place is. I know you don't have a dad so as a community service I offer you some fatherly advice.
1. Don't shit where you eat.
2. The world owes you nothing.
3. Respect is earned.
4. Nobody gives a shit about how you feel.
latin king for lyfe

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we know yall weak mf's live on graff drive so if you got something to say about someone who has passed away be a man and drive your ass down the road and lets just talk about it or you can just stay at your computer desk and hide behind your little computer screen untill then f what you think
and look at your own family cause some of them is locked up to i know cause we all use to run together its just something you go through when you live that type of life
Wrong is Wrong

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10 years is hardly throwing the key away. He committed a very serious crime and someone lost their life. If he had time to retrieve a knife from the kitchen, perhaps he should have dialed 911. And did I read OccupantS as in plural? All the more reason someone should have called 911, he couldn't have been beating them all up at the same time.
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Just because you met ryans mom don't mean you know shit. keep your damn mouth closed bitch you don't know shit about ryan or his life or his family, you know what you hear or read. so shut the fuck up. Jimmy deserves to be in jail the rest of his life his little bitch ass. Ryan went there and fought yes he was wrong but did he bring OR EVEN HAVE a weapon? NO what young kids did he recruit to do his "dirty work" name them. mind your own business.
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you seem to be the know it all nosey neighbor that starts the neighborhood rumors and if ryan and his friends are as bad as you say they are then WHY would you be talking trash online? seems like if you REALLY knew what was going on youd KNOW its best to go ahead and shut your mouth
Wromg is Wrong

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I was responding to the person up top saying they shouldn't have thrown the key away on Lago. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVES!
RIP RYAN

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Wromg is Wrong wrote:
I was responding to the person up top saying they shouldn't have thrown the key away on Lago. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVES!
I agree with your post, not saucier man, he seems extremely ignorant, not just about ryan and his life but in general.

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