Episode | #034

Not a Violent Kid, a Surviving Kid

At 15 Tyrone Williams was the youngest person in Wisconsin waived into adult court for a robbery case. He rapped at his sentencing in 1997. He wrote lyrics about his life - hoping for leniency. He was sentenced to 33 years. And served 16 and a half. This was before truth and sentencing, when long sentences were given with the expectation that individuals would be paroled. He got out two years ago, at age 31. And for the first time in his life, he’s out of survival mode.

Tyrone Williams enjoys a light moment while talking about life experiences at his music studio on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2201 N. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee, Wi.  When Williams was 15 1/2 he became youngest person in the state waived into adult court for a robbery case. He served 16 1/2 years before being released on parole. Photo- Angela Peterson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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