Sarasota, Florida -- The man responsible for a violent crime spree in Sarasota has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years for his crimes.
Thirty-year-old Pele Williams -- a man with a violent history -- was convicted on Wednesday, April 3 of robbery with a firearm, principal to robbery with a firearm, principal to aggravated battery, and fleeing to eludeand immediately sentenced by the judge.
Sarasota Sheriff's officials say the crime spree began on March 9, 2011, around 12:30 p.m. when Williams robbed a womanof her purseat gunpoint outside Westfield Sarasota Square.
He then headed north to the Sarasota Pavillion where his accomplice, Melodee Haygood, robbed and shot woman outside the Publix.
The short pursuit for the pair ended when they crashed their black Mercedes on Stickney Point Road just west of Swift. Evidence found inside the car linked Williams to the robbery at the Westfield mall.
After he arrest, Haygood agreed to a plea deal with a 25-year prison sentence.
Williams chose to go to court and was convicted by a jury on all counts.