Yancey Lee Williams has been found guilty of murder in Lawrence County. He will be eligible for parole, but Tennessee law mandates he must first serve 51 years. At that time, Williams, originally from Rogersville, will be 83 years old.
From August 2016: Yancey Lee Williams, 30, remains in the Lawrence County Jail in lieu of 400K bond in connection with the shooting death of C. J. Sirmones. The Five Points man is originally from Rogersville, Alabama, and moved to Tennessee when he married in 2014. Sources say Williams’ wife attended Loretto High School and was a friend of the victim Curtis Ezekiel Sirmones Jr., known as C.J.
From the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department:
On July 26, 2016, authorities with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the area of 26 Mockerson Road, Five Points, in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputies encountered Yancey Williams who stated he had shot Curtis Sirmones Jr. (CJ) during an argument.
Curtis Sirmones Jr., a former standout football player at Loretto High School who also played for Mississippi State University in college, was found deceased near the porch of 26 Mockerson Road. Curtis Sirmones Jr. had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The scene was processed by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Loretto Police Department.
Yancey Williams (30), of Five Points, TN, was arrested and charged with second degree murder. Yancey Williams is being held at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department under a $400,000 secure bond.
Sirmones Jr. played for Mississippi State in 12 games in 1999 as a red shirt freshman, starting five games. He had 10 catches, four of which came against Auburn in an 18-16 Mississippi State win. Sirmones also caught a touchdown pass with 38 seconds to play that led to Mississippi State defeating Ole Miss 23-20 in the 1999 Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night, before leaving the team in the spring of 2000. Curtis Sirmones Sr. played for the University of North Alabama in the mid-1970s and later played for the San Diego Chargers.
Sirmones, 36, was living in Leoma at the time of his death and was a farmer for a local cattle company. He is also survived by his mother, step-father, two sons, and one daughter.