Community activist’s son taken away in cuffs after guilty verdict

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A well-known community activist – who helps victims of crime – spent his day in court on Wednesday.

Charles Willis, who heads up United Communities Against Crime, was in court supporting his 17-year-old son who is on trial for robbery and sodomy.

It’s certainly a sensitive and precarious situation for community activist. He’s known as a man who lends his time and support to families affected by violent crimes. He’s organized vigils for families throughout the city of Richmond and surrounding counties.

Now, his son is convicted of robbing and abducting a teenage girl at gunpoint back in May.

In all, Jahlil was found guilty of seven of the eleven charges against him which included the possession of a firearm of an underage person and robbery. He was found not guilty of sodomy.

After the verdict, deputies hauled the younger Willis away in handcuffs.

“As a father it is also hard it’s hard to see your child going through matters like this, going through the prison pipeline as we call it, I love my son, I love all my children and I will continue to support my son and all children whether it be good or bad,” Willis told 8News after the verdict. “There’s always good in all of them. There’s a need to do work in the community and this is part of the work that I do unfortunately it hits home so this is a family matter, no one is immune from the situation where crime plagues our community as it does today.”

Willis who is known for conducting prayer vigils for others asked the community to pray for him and his family. His son will be sentenced in March.

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