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Darrent Williams' Killer Gets Life Plus 1,152 Years for Murder of Broncos Cornerback

Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, waits to get his ankle taped during a football game with the San Francisco 49ers in Denver on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006. According to Denver Police Williams was shot and killed early Monday morning in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver. Team spokesman Jim Saccomano said police called him about 3 a.m. Mountain Time from the scene of the shooting and told him three people had been shot and that Williams had been killed. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
DENVER (CBS/AP) Darrent Williams' 10-year-old son broke down at Williams' funeral when he realized he would never speak to his father again, Tierria Leonard, the mother of Williams' two children, told the court at the sentencing of Williams's killer, Willie Clark. The boy had asked his mother if the Denver Broncos cornerback had his cell phone with him in the casket when he was buried.

Convicted killer Willie Clark. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Clark was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,152 years Friday for the New Year's Day 2007 slaying of Williams after a confrontation at a nightclub in downtown Denver. Colo. During a hearing earlier Friday, Clark was declared a habitual criminal, making him eligible for the additional 1,152 years in prison.

Rosalind Williams, Darrent Williams' mother, urged the smiling Clark to express remorse for the killing saying "make your mom and your dad proud. I know my son made me proud."

Rosalind Williams told the court that she will never be able to hear the words "Happy Mother's Day" without being reminded that her "baby will never be able to tell me happy Mother's Day again."

Prosecutors portrayed Darrent Williams as a peacemaker as his friends argued with gang members who had taken exception to the special treatment afforded the celebrated athletes outside the nightclub, and continued the confrontation inside the nightclub after somebody in Williams' group sprayed champagne in celebration, according to witnesses.

The dispute continued outside as Williams and his group tried to leave. Witnesses said Clark desperately searched for a gun following the altercation, hopped into an SUV to catch up with a limousine carrying Williams, then fired the fatal shots.

Clark's defense attorneys have 45 days to file an appeal. Both left the court without comment.

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