Man who allegedly killed co-worker in Burlingame pleads not guilty

Rodney Williams

A man found guilty of stabbing a co-worker to death outside a Burlingame office building last July had his sentence reduced from 46 years to life in state prison to 31 years to life, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Rodney O’Neil Williams, a 29-year-old San Francisco man, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service and Sacramento police at a Sacramento residence after a more than two-week investigation. He stabbed Neil Lewis during a fight outside an office complex on the 1800 block of Gilbreth Road just before 6 p.m. July 7, 2015.

He was found guilty in March of second degree murder by a jury.

Williams’ original sentence was based on him being a “three striker” but a judge Tuesday reduced the sentence because two of the strikes were committed when Williams was a juvenile and within a couple hours of each other, according to prosecutors.

Williams will be eligible for parole in 2046.

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