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Grand jury indicts ex-Warhill student who allegedly brought gun to school

Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

A former Warhill High School student who allegedly brought a 9mm handgun to school in May has been indicted in circuit court.

Da’Quan Thomas Ky’Le Williams, 20, of Toano, is facing two felony charges including possession of a firearm at a school and second offense carrying a concealed weapon, according to Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court records.

His case is scheduled for a plea hearing at 9 a.m. Nov. 7.

The charges against Williams were certified to the circuit court in July by a general district court judge. His case was then heard by a grand jury, which indicted him Sept. 18.

Cases involving felonies must be tried in the circuit court, while cases involving only misdemeanors do not need to rise past general district court.

Williams was arrested May 17 after another student allegedly found a 9mm handgun with six rounds of ammunition in the magazine in Williams’ gym bag.

Police said another round was found in Williams’ vehicle.

At the time, school division spokeswoman Eileen Cox said “appropriate disciplinary action” would be taken.

On Tuesday, Cox said Williams completed the requirements to receive his high school diploma in June.

He did not participate in Warhill’s graduation ceremony.

“The school division does not release specific information about individual student discipline matters; however, I can tell you that appropriate action was taken at the time of the incident in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct,” Cox wrote in an email.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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