CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Onrae Williams, 36, has been released by the South Carolina Department of Corrections after serving 11 and a half years of an original sentence of life without parole. 

According to the report,Charleston attorney Mark A. Peper successfully negotiated a 15-year sentence with credit for time served, effectuating his release late last night.

On January 17, 2007, Williams was sentenced to life without parole after a Charleston county jury convicted him of selling $40 worth of crack cocaine to a confidential informant, spokeswoman Hannah Hartman stated.

The SC Supreme Court overturned his conviction earlier this year and remanded it for a new trial, Hartman added. Following lengthy plea negotiations, Williams accepted responsibility for his actions on June 14, 2018 and pleaded guilty to the offense, the report said.

Williams was released directly from the Al Cannon Detention Center having already maxed out his 15-year sentence.

“This is a very happy day for the Williams family, and I’m honored to have been able to negotiate his release,” said Attorney Mark A. Peper of the Peper Law Firm in Charleston. “He woke up in prison every day for the last 11 years thinking he might eventually die there, but he never stopped believing in our justice system while rehabilitating himself.” 

Williams plans to use this experience to teach others of the potential consequences of their actions. 

The Peper Law Firm is a criminal defense and personal injury law firm in Charleston, South Carolina.