March 27, 2014Detroit – Myron Williams has been found guilty of the murder of Grosse Pointe Park resident Sabrina Gianino.
A jury in Wayne County Circuit Court deliberated for five hours before returning the verdict at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Williams, 44, was found guilty on three counts, including felony murder, murder in the second degree and unarmed robbery. The charge of felony murder carries a sentence of mandatory life in prison without parole. He had been charged with murder in the first degree, but the jury had the option to convict him of second degree murder instead.
Gianino was found dead shortly after midnight on May 16, 2013 in a flat on Wayburn. The cause of death was strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.
Williams lived next door to Gianino at the time of the murder, and was arrested May 18, after it was determined he had traded several items belonging to the victim for crack cocaine.
Gianino's mother, who had been in the courtroom every day of the three week trial, wept as the decision was read, but declined to comment on the verdict.
Following the verdict, Grosse Pointe Park police detective Michael Narduzzi said justice was served.
"The jury did a great job and got it right," he said. "But nobody wins in this case. This was very much a team effort, and justice was served."
Williams' attorney, Charles Longstreet II, said his client will appeal.
Judge Ulysses Boykin set sentencing for Tuesday, April 8.