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1/21/05-Tyler

Williams Still A Marine According To The Pentagon

The alleged abductor of Megan Holden, Johnny Lee Williams, Jr., is still a marine according to Pentagon officials.
Williams was home on voluntary leave after he was discharged for marijuana use in February, 2004.
Williams had appealed the case and it was on review in Washington.
Marine Corps officials say Williams is not entitled to any military pay or allowances while awaiting appeal.
He joined the Marines in 2001, two years after graduating from John Tyler High School.
Friday afternoon, KLTV spoke to those who knew Williams about his life growing up in East Texas.
Williams attended Winona High School his freshman, sophomore and junior years. While there, Williams was active in football and track.
He transferred to John Tyler his senior year. Those who knew Williams at John Tyler were surprised by Friday's news. They said he was one of those people who made you laugh.
"He was basically a real goofy guy you know," said Montrell Liggins, a former classmate of Williams. " (He was) real playful, never had any problems with anybody as far as I know. Never got in to any trouble."
"I was shocked," said Liggins of learning about Williams arrest in the case. "Never thought in a million years that it would be him."
Two years after graduating from John Tyler, Williams enlisted in the Marines. He served as a private and saw action in Kuwait and during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Some time after disciplinary action was taken, Williams returned to East Texas.
Police told KLTV Williams was arrested in December, charged with felony possession of crack cocaine. He bonded out of jail and had yet to go to trial.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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