ALBANY, Ga. -- Almost a year after he beat and strangled his live-in girlfriend to death, a 56-year-old man could be sentenced to prison for life without chance for parole, a Dougherty Judicial Circuit official said.
"Monty Simpson will get sentenced to life in prison at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23. It will be up to the judge if he gets life plus 20 years to be served consecutively or concurrently, with or without a chance for parole," said Kathy Fallin, assistant district attorney. "If he gets a chance for parole, under the current way it is done, it would typically take him 30 years before he can apply for parole."
Found guilty of murder and aggravated assault on Jan. 28 for the March 2010 killing of Beverly Williams, 51, at the Dollar Inn Motel, Simpson never showed any signs of remorse. He continued to deny his guilt after the trial.
Simpson believes he will have a retrial. In a letter to a reporter at The Albany Herald, Simpson wrote: "The attorneys of an indigent support, myself being unemployed, we are requesting a motion of retrial. Motion of retrial being denied, we will appeal the case trial, awaiting, a game of six to twelve months for review."
Simpson's attorney, Leisa Johnson, could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
In another note with his letter, Simpson said of the woman he beat to death, "Beverly Jean Williams, love of my past, and eternity of my soul of mind and dear to my heart."
Williams' husband, Richard, a Florida resident, said he wants Simpson to stay in prison without a chance at parole or to be put to death.
"Simpson is a mean, mean man," said Fallin, who built her case on the repeated beatings Beverly Williams took from Simpson. "But it was not a death-penalty case."