Crime

North Florida prison inmate threatens Keys bombing, has a history of doing this

A North Florida state prisoner with seemingly no ties to the Keys threatened to bomb government buildings in Monroe County and other sites throughout the U.S., Key West police say.

Jerry L. Williams, 31, made the threats in an Aug. 11 letter to a deputy Monroe County clerk working at the Lester Building at 530 Whitehead St., according to a report filed Tuesday by Key West police officer Scott Standerwick.

Williams, housed in the Suwannee Correctional Institution west of Jacksonville with a release date of Feb. 27, 2026, apparently has done this before from his prison cell.

On March 9, 2010, he was convicted of second-degree murder in Bradford County stemming from a 2007 case and sentenced to 10 years.

On July 15, 2013, he was arrested in a Leon County prison, charged with threatening to bomb and falsely reporting a bomb as a weapon of mass destruction. On June 25, 2014, he was sentenced to eight more years behind bars for those offenses.

Standerwick wrote in his Key West report that in his letter to the deputy clerk, Williams threatened not only government buildings in the Keys but "also made threats to hospitals, shopping malls, community colleges, TV stations and locations in other parts of the country."

His letter was stamped at the Suwannee Correctional Institution and included his Department of Corrections inmate number.

Williams is doing his third stint in state prison. He served terms from July 3, 2003, to Sept. 22, 2006; and June 19 to Aug. 6, 2008. His record going back to 2001 includes convictions for robbery, grand theft auto and cocaine possession.

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