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2 men convicted in trucker's beating

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 14, 2001

INVERNESS -- A Citrus County jury returned guilty verdicts late Friday against two men accused of beating a trucker after a highway confrontation last year that police described as a road rage attack.

Frederick Lashown Williams, 26, of 10730 County Road 723 in Webster, was found guilty of aggravated battery, and his brother, Thadeus Leon Williams, 29, of the same address, was found guilty of attempted aggravated battery.

The verdict was returned about 9 p.m. Friday.

Police say Thadeus Williams was driving a commercial vehicle when the trailing trucker pointed out that he was dropping debris from his flatbed. Words were exchanged and the two vehicles pulled over.

Witnesses, including the trucker's son, testified that the Williams brothers got out of their vehicle and one of them slammed the trucker, Edvardo Macias Castan, 46, of Tampa, with his own door as he tried to get out.

Frederick Williams testified that he tried to close Castan's door to prevent a confrontation. Castan sustained broken facial bones.

Frederick Williams faces from nearly three years in prison up to 15 when he is sentenced next month, based on a sentencing score sheet prepared by the State Attorney's Office.

Thadeus Williams faces up to five years in prison, though he did not score a mandatory prison sentence under state guidelines.

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