Whatever Happened...

An update on past news

Wednesday, April 22, 1998

Cop killer serving
term on mainland

What ever happened to Anthony Williams, convicted in 1988 for shooting a police officer and incarcerated on Oahu for a while?

Convicted cop-killer Anthony "Tony" Williams remains in a Washington state prison serving a life sentence for the 1987 shooting death of Honolulu police officer Troy Barboza, according to state Public Safety officials.

Williams, of San Diego, was sentenced to life without parole in 1988 and transferred to the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, Wash., for safety reasons.

Williams is accused of firing three shots through a window of Barboza's Manoa home in the early morning of Oct. 22, 1987. One shot struck Barboza in the head.

Barboza, 24 years old at the time of the shooting, was working undercover when he arrested Williams in July 1987 for purchasing crack cocaine.

Former police officer Ralph Deal refers to Barboza as "exceptional."

"He was young and an up-and-coming guy," said Deal. "This kid was going somewhere in life."

In March 1997, Williams attempted to escape from prison. He scaled a fence but stopped when security guards fired two warning shots.

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