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      Romeo Williams, man accused of beating Jim Gifford to death, found guilty on unrelated gun charge

      Romeo Williams

      Romeo Williams, the man accused of beating 70-year-old Jim Gifford to death in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store, was found guilty Thursday of an unrelated gun charge.

      The 19-year-old is now facing up to 15 years in prison for having an illegal handgun that was thrown from a moving car in an incident last August.

      Williams is due to be sentenced on July 2.

      Williams is still facing the manslaughter charge in the beating death of Jim Gifford that happened last September.

      Williams is accused of attacking Gifford in front of the 7-Eleven store on Valley Drive at South Street. Investigators say Williams punched Gifford in the face, knocking him out, and then went into the store to brag, coming out a few moments later to resume the assault.

      Gifford died of his injuries four days after the attack.

      The community used the Williams case to speak out against street violence, including the now famous ??Get Your Kids?? speech.