Williams sentenced to 10 years

Donathan Williams

A Fort Dodge man will spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to willful injury for stabbing a man in a downtown apartment in July 2020.

Donathan L. Williams, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday by District Court Judge Kurt Stoebe. Earlier in the week, Williams had pleaded guilty to willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C forcible felony, in exchange for two other charges being dismissed.

Williams was arrested on July 2, 2020, after the victim, 39-year-old Lavaris Bosworth, walked into the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, 126 N. 10th St., with wounds on his neck and back. Bosworth was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center for serious injuries.

The criminal complaint for the incident said that Bosworth was stabbed after Williams followed him up to his fifth-floor apartment in the Biltwell Apartment building, 106 N. 10th St.

Williams was arrested and charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony; willful injury causing serious injury; and going armed with intent, a Class D felony.

Williams entered a plea deal with the prosecution and pleaded guilty to the willful injury charge, while the state dismissed the charges of attempted murder and going armed wtih intent.

On Friday, Williams waived his right to have 15 days between the entry of the guilty plea and sentencing, requesting to be sentenced immediately.

In addition to the 10-year prison sentence, Williams was fined $1,575.50, which was suspended. He was also ordered to have no contact with Bosworth or any members of his family for the next five years.

Williams will be transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale to be in-processed to the Iowa Department of Corrections before he is taken to a prison to serve out his sentence.


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