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By Bill McEwen

The Fresno Bee
January 20, 2004

Sentencing In High Speed Chase Death
ABC Channel 30 Action News

August 10, 2005

August 10, 2005—A judge gave a long sentence to a 21-year-old man, convicted of second degree murder and vehicular manslaughter for the death of a new father in 2004.

A judge sentenced Christopher Williams to 15 years to life in prison for a deadly high speed chase.

Adam McKinnis was an avid outdoors man and a certified nursing assistant, who had just enlisted in the Army.He never served his country, because a car accident cut his life short.

While his father mourns his son's death, he holds no resentment against the man convicted of second degree murder. Christopher Williams never looked up as the judge told him he must go to prison for his deadly actions. The 21-year-old was arrested in January of 2004, after leading CHP officers on a high speed chase.

Williams ran a red light and collided with another car, which killed Adam McKinnis.Adam McKinnis' father, Orvil McKinnis, Jr., is a pastor. He says he needed to attend the sentencing for some sort of closure. But, he says he holds no malice against Williams.

"I understand he's young, impetuous ... his defense was he didn't intend to kill Adam and I believe that, but he did," said Orvil.

His father says the real struggle will be trying to explain to his almost two-year-old grandson what happen to his dad. But, he's determine not to carry any hatred towards the man responsible.

"I told my family that if we're for real, then forgiveness has to be for real too, because it's in the scriptures. And yes, I do forgive this young man," said Orvil.

Christopher Williams wrote a letter to the judge, expressing his remorse.He must serve more than 13 years in prison before he's eligible for parole.

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