For Immediate Release 5/13/15
Robert Wimbly was sentenced to 30 years in prison, suspend all but 20, and two years of probation on Monday, after pleading guilty to second degree murder for killing his longtime girlfriend Andrea Williams. Williams died of a single stab wound that punctured her lung. Assistant State’s Attorney Bethany Durand prosecuted the case.
According to investigators, Wimbly had two prior convictions of second degree assault—at least one of which was a domestic violence case involving another woman.
On December 28, 2013, at 12:24 a.m., first responders were called to the 2800 block of West Lanvale Street. Paramedics found Williams in cardiac arrest, and soon discovered that she was suffering from a stab wound in her back. Williams was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma facility, where she was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m.
Wimbly and Williams rented a room together at a residence that operated as a boarding house. According to witnesses who also lived at the residence, the long-time couple had a contentious relationship that occasionally escalated to physical violence. Investigators learned that Wimbly and Williams had been arguing the majority of the day, on the day she was killed.
Wimbly and Williams were alone together with the door closed—arguing— when Wimbly called out for help to the other residents. Wimbly never mentioned the stab wound when he called 911.
“Domestic violence all too often leads to murder. It is clear from Wimbly’s record that he had a history of harming those that were close to him. Women have to feel safe in their homes, and I promise to do everything within my power to protect and pursue justice for our most vulnerable populations.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.