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Former Germantown Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Kitchen House Way Murder

The man who was found guilty of murder for his for his involvement in a Germantown home invasion and shooting has been sentenced to 50 years in prison by a Montgomery County judge.

Police also believe that he is responsible for the killing of another man in Prince Georges County while he was on the run after the first shooting.

On Friday, Oct. 12 it was announced that Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Gary Blair sentenced Furl John Williams, 25, of Southeast Washington, D.C, formerly of McFarlin Drive in Germantown to life in prison suspend all but 50 years for the murder of 19-year-old Amaru Amir Santos Johnson and the shooting of three other people in a townhouse at 12839 Kitchen House Way.

"This sentence holds Mr. Williams accountable and gives his victims time to get on with their lives free from fear," said State's Attorney John McCarthy. In making the announcement, McCarthy thanked Assistant State's Attorneys Marybeth Ayres and Peter Larson for their prosecution of the case.

Williams was the second suspect to either be found guilty or plead guilty to crimes connected with this incident. In December of 2017, 25-year-old Clarksburg resident, Eric Anthony Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of Armed Robbery and four counts of First Degree Assault. He remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Center awaiting sentencing.

According to police, shortly before 1:00 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017, Eric Lee and Furl Williams went to the Kitchen House Way address, where Johnson and two other shooting victims were waiting outside. The charging documents state that Lee told police that it was Williams who walked up to the front of the residence and began “shooting in the direction of the victims.”

Police say that Williams immediately shot the first victim in the right femur and the adult male victim fell to the ground, as Johnson and another victim ran into the townhouse. The first victim heard more gunshots and scrambled to a neighbor’s house to get help. Johnson was shot in the chest while in the front foyer of the townhouse, while two more adult female victims were also shot, one in the head and the other in the left leg.

Court documents state that the three remaining people in the residence fled out the back door and jumped off the balcony. Police believe that Williams fled through the front door, but before leaving, he pistol-whipped the first shooting victim and asked “where the marijuana was” and fled.

Roughly, nine hours later that morning at 10:21 am on April 29, 2017, MCPD received a call about an illegally parked car at 13302 Queenstown Lane in Germantown. Police responded and discovered a blue 2009 Toyota Camry parked in front of a “No Parking” sign. After a check, it was determined that the vehicle was stolen 12 days earlier during an armed carjacking in Prince Georges County on April 17, 2017, court documents reveal. Queenstown Lane is a little more than half-a-mile from the townhouse where the shooting took place.

While investigating the stolen vehicle, detectives discovered the purses, wallets, keys and the cell phone belonging to the two female victims of Kitchen House Way address. Investigators also discovered latent fingerprints in the driver’s side door of the stolen Toyota, according to court documents. Detectives determined that fingerprints belonged to Furl John Williams, whose criminal history includes arrests for robbery, theft, motor vehicle theft, and assault.

After the shootings, Williams fled to Prince Georges County where on May 3, the day after Montgomery County issued an arrest warrant, Prince Georges County Police say he shot and killed a man who was pumping gas at an Exxon gas station in Suitland.

A Prince Georges County Police say that on May 3, 2017 shortly after midnight, patrol officers responded to the gas station in the 4700 block of Silver Hill Road. The officers found the victim — 27-year-old Wayne Pope of Suitland — outside suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation reveals the victim had gone into the gas station to make a purchase. When he was returning to his car, the Williams approached him armed with a gun. Pope and Williams got into a struggle, and Williams shot the victim during that struggle and then stole his car. He was arrested by Prince Georges County Police.

On Friday, Aug. 3, a Montgomery County jury found Williams guilty of 14 counts of the 23-count indictment including Second Degree Felony Murder for the death of Amaru Johnson, Home Invasion, two counts of Armed Robbery for the robbery of the first two victims, one count of Attempted Armed Robbery, four counts of First Degree Assault, four counts of Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime.

During the sentencing hearing, friends and relatives of Amaru Johnson, were given the opportunity to speak. Many of them looked right at Williams and asked him why he had done this killing. For his part, when given the chance to address the court about his crimes, Williams said nothing.


Top: Furl John Williams, formerly of the 18800 block of McFarlin Drive in Germantown has been found guilty of the murder of 19-year-old Amaru Amir Santos Johnson on April 29, 2017 in Germantown and 13 other crimes. He is also charged with the killing of 27-year-old Wayne Pope at an Exxon gas station in Suitland in May of 2017. Photo courtesy MCPD.

Video: MCPD body-camera video of the shooting as police first arrived at the Kitchen House Way townhouse were four people and Amaru “AJ” Johnson was killed by Furl Williams. Photo courtesy State’s Attorney’s Office.

Next: One of the victims, suffering non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the incident at the townhouse on Kitchen House Way is wheeled to an MCFRS ambulance to be transported to a local hospital.

Next: A Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service ambulance and multiple MCPD units sit out front of 12839 Kitchen House Way.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

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