STILLWATER, Okla. — A former OSU basketball player convicted of sex crimes walks out of jail a free man.
A jury found Darrell Williams guilty of rape by instrumentation in July.
Friday the judge handed down a two-year sentence but that time will be suspended.
That allowed Williams to be released but those who know Williams are still not happy with that result.
“I’m heartbroken,” family friend Brandi Robertson said.
The legal saga began two years ago during a house party where two women claimed Williams groped them and reached into their pants without consent.
After his conviction, Williams’ supporters rallied this summer seeking to have the verdict overturned.
Following his sentencing, Williams’ friends and family again gathered outside of court and passionately maintained his innocence.
“You don’t ruin an innocent man’s life and make him go down for other people’s mistakes,” Williams’ aunt, Mildred Williams, said.
Williams will go free but he will have to register as a sex offender.
“My nephew is innocent and they’re still making him register as a sex offender,” Mildred Williams said.
“It’s hard to find a job as a registered sex offender. My heart is broken for him,” Robertson said.
Williams’ attorney had hoped for a new trial to introduce evidence she said could have led to an acquittal.
While Darrell’s supporters are happy he got to leave jail for good but they don’t believe justice was served.
“He’s a good person. He was done wrong,” Robertson said.
Several current Cowboys players came to court to show their support.
None wanted to talk after the sentence.
Williams’ attorney does plan to appeal to have a new trial.