California Sends Convicted Murderer With 84-Year Sentence Home Due to Pandemic

Terebea Williams
Terebea Williams, 44, served about 20 years of a 84-year sentence for murder

The State of California has released a convicted murderer serving an 84-year prison term to decongest prisons and prevent coronavirus transmission.

Terebea Williams, 44, has served about 20 years of a 84-year sentence for murder.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is set to release thousands of inmates to stop COVID-19 from spreading in prison. 

“In an effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic, CDCR has implemented emergency measures to protect all those who live and work in our state prisons, and the community at-large, in a way that aligns public health and public safety. Terebea Williams was released from CDCR custody on July 29 under Government Code section 8658 regulations, which allows the release of an incarcerated person in the case of an emergency that endangers their life. Prior to the release of an offender, CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services makes notification to registered victims and provides referrals to community-based mental health and wellness resources.”

Williams was convicted of first-degree murder in the kidnapping and death of 23-year-old Kevin Ruska Jr.  

According to reports, Williams held Ruska at gunpoint and forced him into the trunk of her car. She shot him in the abdomen then drove to Washington state, where she left him for dead inside a motel room.