Former soldier begs for his life as he faces possible death penalty for fatally beating daughter

By Amanda Holtzer,

Former soldier Naeem Williams is facing the death penalty for the murder of his 5-year-old daughter. He beat his daughter to death in 2005, and was convicted of capital murder in April. He stood in front of the jury that convicted him Wednesday and asked jurors to let him live.

The Associated Press reports that Williams told the jury, “I asked for a chance to speak to you one more time because I want you all to know how sorry I am for the terrible things I did. Talia deserved a better father than me. Instead of helping and protecting Talia, I hurt and killed her.”

Mail Online reports there was little visible reaction from the jurors.

Williams has two other children, an 11-year-old son who lives in Georgia and a 9-year-old daughter who lives in Tennessee. The Star Adviser reports that he said that he wants another chance to be a better father for them.

The children did testify on Wednesday that they enjoy their relationship with their father.

If Williams does get the death penalty, it will be the first such sentence in Hawaii since it became a state in 1959. As this is considered a federal crime, the prosecutors were able to seek the death penalty.



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