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Man to serve 20 years for Woodbury hammer attack

David Edward Williams Jr. Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

A man who held his parents captive and repeatedly beat his mother's head with a hammer will serve 20 years in prison following his Nov. 22 sentencing in a Washington County court.

David Edward Williams Jr., of Maplewood, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree attempted murder, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He must also pay more than $13,000 in restitution.

The court dismissed an additional felony charge of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, which the court dismissed.

The charges stem from an incident at Williams' parents' Woodbury home earlier this year that left his mother with an open skull fracture and cuts to her scalp.

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According to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County, Williams compiled a list of people he felt were responsible for putting him on medications for bipolar disorder as a child and started plotting revenge against his mother.

He moved stopped taking his medication and started using drugs and alcohol after moving out of his parents' home the previous summer.

Williams, the complaint said, went to his parents house in January and trapped his mother inside the house, "relentlessly" beating her in the head with a hammer.

He then duct-taped her to a chair, retrieved several weapons and threatened to kill her before texting his father from her phone, the complaint states. He later destroyed all phones in the home with a hatchet.

Williams' father arrived home, where Williams ordered him into a chair and loaded a long gun. He repeatedly pointed the gun at his parents, the complaint states.

Williams told his parents he was going to smoke marijuana one more time before killing himself. He appeared to have calmed down after smoking marijuana and released his parents for medical care, the complaint states.

Williams' father drove his mother to the emergency room, where police met the couple.

The department's SWAT team arrived at the home later than evening, when a three-hour standoff ensued, a Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada told the Woodbury Bulletin in January.

Williams, Okada said, was noncompliant with police commands and perceived as a danger to himself and others.

Negotiators eventually talked Williams out of the home, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

According to the complaint, Williams' father told police they changed the locks on their home after their son allegedly threatened them and another family member.

Williams had asked his father for a list of people involved with putting him on medications, but offered no explanation of what he planned to do with the list.

His mother, the complaint stated, told police she thought she was going to die during the incident and expressed concern that he could be released from jail.

She was listed in stable condition the day after Williams' attack.

Okada said police searched the home and found a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition, multiple knives, a hatchet hidden in the ceiling, duct tape, damaged phones and medication.

Officers also located Williams' journal, the complaint said, that contained an entry dated from the day of the incident: "I'm sorry. I hit you."