Monday, March 10
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who authorities say wanted to start a right-wing revolution has been found guilty of attempted murder in a shootout with California Highway Patrol officers on an Oakland freeway.
The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1kbeBSC ) that an Alameda County jury convicted Byron Williams on Monday of four counts of attempted murder as well as multiple weapons charges.
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Williams, of Tuolumne County, had an arsenal of weapons in his pickup truck on July 18, 2010 when he engaged at least eight California Highway Patrol officers in a nearly 20-minute gunbattle.
The CHP had stopped Williams for traffic violations on Interstate 580.
Authorities say Williams was on his way to San Francisco, where he planned to attack what he considered liberal organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com