State prison for man convicted of planting fake bomb in Williams

A Williams man convicted of felony domestic violence and planting a fake bomb behind Williams City Hall has been sentenced to more than three years in state prison.

Troy Don Alexander, 44, appeared in Colusa County Superior Court before Judge Elizabeth Ufkes Olivera on Jan. 17, where he was sentenced on two of six felony charges stemming from his Aug. 19 arrest by Williams Police officers, after a woman reported that Alexander had assaulted her and held her prisoner for a short period of time.

It was during the investigation of the domestic incident that officers suspected Alexander had manufactured and planted explosive devices in Williams, including two delivered to the Williams Police Department and one to City Hall.

Alexander pleaded guilty on Dec. 20 to one count of felony domestic violence and one count of planting a fake bomb, in a plea deal offered by the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office, in exchange for the dismissal on two additional felony counts of planting fake bombs, one count of possession on ingredients to make a destructive device, and one count of false imprisonment by violence.

Although Alexander accepted the deal through his attorney, Public Defender Albert Smith, Smith asked the judge for a sentence of straight probation, so that Alexander could seek mental health treatment.

Alexander reportedly strugles with mental health issues, which he admitted to in a series of email exchanges last year with Williams officials, which led to the city seeking and getting a restraining order against him. He also sent an email to the Colusa County District Attorney’s Office allegedly accusing local law enforcement of misconduct. Smith argued that a lengthy prison sentence would not help Alexander get better, and that it could put the community at risk when Alexander is released.

“This court has a duty to protect both my client and the community,” Smith said.
Deputy District Attorney Winston Welch, who prosecuted the case, said a prison sentence of 3.8 years was the appropriate recommendation for the convictions, and that it should be followed.

Olivera agreed, citing that Alexander has an “an increasingly criminal” history of arrests, which included several felony charges that have been reduced to misdemeanors.

Olivera sentenced Alexander to three years in state prison for felony domestic violence, and eight months for planting the fake bomb, with 304 days credit for time served and good behavior. However, Alexander will finish out his sentence in a facility operated by the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, with approximately four years of parole, with restrictions, once released.

Olivera also penalized Alexander with approximately $1,400 in restitution and fines. ■