San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
January 14, 2020
CONTACT: Angela Hayes, Deputy District Attorney
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: Angela.Hayes@sjcda.org

Jury Finds Wayne Edward Williams Guilty in Meth Lab Case and for Felony Child Endangerment

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that in the late afternoon of Monday, January 13, 2020, a San Joaquin County jury found Wayne Edward Williams guilty of the following crimes:

  • Count 1: HS 11379.6(a) Felony [Manufacturing Methamphetamine]
  • Count 2: PC 273a(a) Felony [Child Endangerment, female victim Age 7]
  • Count 3: PC 273a(a) Felony [Child Endangerment, male victim Age 2]
  • Count 4: PC 451(d) Felony [Arson]
  • Count 5: PC 245(a)(4) Felony [Assault with Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury.

The Honorable Bernard J. Garber will sentence Mr. Williams on February 10, 2020. He is facing a maximum of 12 years in state prison. Judge Garber has also found him in violation of probation for a 2018 Vehicle Code §2800.2 conviction, a felony evading a police officer.

“This case involves a dangerous combination of criminal activity, the illegal manufacturing of drugs, child endangerment and arson.” said District Attorney Verber Salazar. “I am thankful to law enforcement and our deputy district attorneys who work so diligently to prosecute the drivers of crime. It is important to remove the suppliers of dangerous narcotics in our community many of whose citizens suffer from the devastating effects of substance abuse.”

According to court records on October 4, 2019, the female adult victim was preparing to move out of the Defendant’s house, where she rented a bedroom along with her two children, ages 7 and 2. When she arrived home, she found that she had been locked out. She threw a rock through the window, and the Defendant came out of the house, picked her up off her feet in front of her two children and “body slammed” her into the ground, landing on her, causing the television set she was holding to break. He then began punching her in the face, as her children cried and screamed nearby, the seven-year-old yelling, “Stop hitting my mom! Stop hurting my mom!”

The defendant then poured the contents of a gasoline can onto the female adult’s truck and the vehicle caught fire as the seven-year-old stood nearby. When law enforcement arrived, they found evidence of a methamphetamine laboratory, including gallon jugs of muriatic acid, bottles of acetone and denatured alcohol, and an apparatus known as an “HCL Generator” capable of producing methamphetamine in the end-stages of production. On the tip of the HCL Generator, law enforcement found crystal methamphetamine, and they also found a jar containing crystal methamphetamine in a manner suggestive of having been “gassing off” within the jar at some point—more evidence of manufacture.

Mr. Williams had nine prior felony convictions prior to the jury returning its verdicts. Significantly, he was convicted in 1996 in San Joaquin County for violation of Health and Safety Code §11379.6 (Manufacturing Methamphetamine), §11378 (Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale), and §11379 (Transportation Methamphetamine), and again in 2002 for violation of Health and Safety Code §11383(c), Possession of Precursor Chemicals with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by Lathrop Police Services as administered by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office as well as the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force.

A special thank you to Deputy District Attorney Cindy DeSilva who successfully prosecuted this case and is the attorney dedicated to the prosecution of substantial narcotics crimes for the District Attorney’s Office.