Florence, AZ – The Pinal County Superior Court on Friday, June 11, 2010, sentenced Royzell Devere Williams to 6.5 years in prison for improper influence on a public officer a Class 4 Felony.
Williams, 47, was arrested on July 14, 2009, following a month long investigation by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
He was indicted on charges of bribery and offering to exert improper influence on a public officer. Williams was employed as a bailiff at the Pinal County Superior Court in Florence.
The investigation involved an undercover operation. Williams accepted $3500 from a victim in exchange for his promise to influence a Superior Court Judge in a domestic relations case.
He pled guilty to improper influence on a public officer in May 2010.
“Crimes like the ones committed by Williams can shake the public’s trust in the justice system. I will work very hard to preserve and enhance that sense of trust,” said James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney. “
Richard Platt, Chief Criminal Deputy Pinal County Attorney prosecuted the case.